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Week 2 Rankings and Notes

WEEK 2 RANKINGS
green-up-arrow 1. Oklahoma 197.888
  • First team to break 198 with a 198.025 v. UCLA
  • Nichols wins AA again with 39.750, Capps’ 39.700 is 2nd
  • Two falls but counts no score lower than 9.825
  • Nationally 3rd on VT, 1st on UB, BB, FX
  • Capps’ 9.975 is top BB score so far.
reddownarrow 2. LSU 197.700
  • Fall to 2nd after pitiful, lowly 197.575. Was that a try?
  • Ashleigh Gnat’s VT is the season’s first 10.000
  • #1 nationally on VT
  • Hambrick leads team AA with 39.600, 9.950 on FX.
  • Still no Ruby.
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 3. Florida 197.350
  • 197.600 in home opener, 4th-highest national score
  • Baker leads team AA with 39.575
  • Slocum performs first competition vault, scores 9.950
  • Five 10.0 starts on vault is currently the most in the country
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 4. Alabama 196.900
  • Improve on last week’s total with a 197.100 to stay in 4th
  • Winston two 9.950s on UB, FX and 39.600 AA lead team
  • Maddie Desch debuts 1.5 on vault
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 5. Utah 196.763
  • 196.900 away against BYU: higher VT, FX, lower UB, BB vs. week 1
  • Skinner leads team with 39.600 AA, wins every event title
  • Schwab (FX) and Merrell (VT) are team’s other 9.9 scores
green-up-arrow 6. UCLA 196.263
  • Improves on last week’s score by over a point with 196.825
  • Lee’s 9.950 on BB leads the team
  • 9.925s on UB (Ross, Lee) and BB (Kocian)
  • Ross does not start from 10.0 on BB for second straight week (9.825)
  • No routines from Preston
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 7. Denver 196.113
  • Denver holds onto 7th with 196.350 in home opener.
  • Karr wins the AA again with 39.425
  • Addison wins FX with 9.925
  • Competes only five VT and FX routines again
reddownarrow 8. Missouri 196.100
  • Two-meet weekend sees Missouri score 195.850, 196.225
  • Ward goes 9.925 on VT in first meet, 9.925 on BB in second meet
  • Morgan Porter scores 9.950 on VT in second meet
green-up-arrow 9. Kentucky 196.013
  • Program-best score of 196.950 away at Florida
  • Korth ties for meet AA crown with 39.575
  • Four scores of 9.9 or better (2 Korth, 1 Dukes, 1 Hyland)
green-up-arrow 10. Nebraska 195.700
  • Season debut of 195.700 with eight entire gymnasts
  • Crouse and Laeng tie with 39.350 AA, 9.925 on UB
  • Houchin competes VT, UB, FX in debut
  • Ashley Lambert returns from injury to compete VT, UB, BB
  • Grace Williams limited to BB, FX
green-up-arrow 11. Auburn 195.675
  • Auburn does not count a fall this week, gets into 196s with 196.025
  • MJ Rott records team-high 9.950 on FX
  • Only score over 9.850 for Auburn in the meet
  • Milliet limited to UB, BB
reddownarrow 12. Michigan 195.625
  • Counts a BB fall for second-consecutive sub-196 score: 195.725
  • Artz 9.950 on FX, Karas 9.900 on VT are team’s high scores
  • Polina hits bars this time for 9.825
  • Zaziski struggles again, 37.275 AA score
green-up-arrow 13. Cal 195.438
  • Cal’s 195.550 performance is similar to Monday’s 195.325
  • Palomares BB 9.875 is team’s highest score
  • Draghi returns to compete BB, still no FX
reddownarrow 14. George Washington 195.388
  • GW falls on bars for 195.225, lower than week 1
  • 9.900 on BB from Winstanley and Zois are team’s high scores
  • GW currently ranks 5th nationally on BB
green-up-arrow 15. Boise State 195.300
  • BSU goes 195.300 on opener, lowest score since 2015 opener
  • McGregor wins AA with 39.000
  • Means competes VT for first time, falls for 9.150
  • Mejia 9.900 on UB leads team
green-up-arrow 16. Georgia 195.200
  • Recovers from first week BB with two-straight no-fall beams
  • Lowest counting beam score is 9.775
  • 196.800 on Saturday, 196.875 on Monday*
  • Snead’s Monday 9.950 on VT is team’s highest score of weekend
green-up-arrow 17. Washington 195.175
  • 195.175 in Elise Ray’s coaching debut
  • Copiak falls from bars, suffers major back spasms, halts routine
  • Goings leads team with 9.925 on BB
  • Burleson competes AA for 39.200
green-up-arrow 18. Ohio State 195.088
  • Upsets Michigan with 195.800 home victory
  • Mattern VT 9.900, Hofland UB 9.850 lead team scores
  • No falls in 24 routines
reddownarrow 19. Oregon State 195.050
  • Catastrophic UB rotation, BB falls see Oregon State fall 10 places
  • 194.525 is team’s lowest score since January 2013
  • McMillan 9.900 on VT is team’s high score
green-up-arrow 19. Illinois 195.050
  • Improves over 1.5 on last week with solid 195.900
  • Leduc returns to AA with career-high 39.425
  • Also leads team with 9.925 BB, 9.900 FX
reddownarrow 21. Minnesota 194.813
  • Minnesota’s 194.900 is similar to first-meet total
  • Disastrous UB, counting 8.900, takes away possible 196
  • Gardner leads team AA with 39.175
equal-sign-clip-art-5pypjt-clipart 22. Iowa 194.692
  • Two-meet weekend is 195.475, 194.400
  • Multi-fall BB rotation sends second score into 194s
  • Metcalf UB 9.900 in second meet is team’s high
  • Zurawski two-straight 9.875s on UB
 reddownarrow 23. Arkansas 194.650
  • Achilles tear to Amanda Wellick ruins everything
  • Three UB falls, five routines on VT, FX lead to 193.950 total
  • Scoring is led by McGlone’s 9.900 on VT
green-up-arrow 24. Sacramento State 194.438
  • Look at you Sac State
  • Into the top 25 after two consecutive 194.4s
  • Second 194.4 included counting two falls on BB
  • 9.850s from Caitlin Soliwoda (BB) and Tara Catour (FX) lead team
reddownarrow 25. NC State 194.413
  • BB problems give NC State a 193.900, 194.800 two-meet weekend
  • 9.875 from Knight (UB), Paris (FX) on Monday are team’s highs
  • Alexa Phillips didn’t vomit on anyone

*The official weekly rankings debut Monday morning, so the Monday meet between Georgia and NC State is not included in the totals or standings. If it were, Georgia would rise to 10th, and NC State would rise to 24th.

Full rankings at RoadtoNationals. Continue reading Week 2 Rankings and Notes

Week 1 Rankings and Notes

WEEK 1 RANKINGS
green-up-arrow 1. LSU 197.825
  • Hambrick leads AA with 39.575
  • Edney debuts with 9.950 on vault
  • LSU counts no score lower than 9.850
  • Priessman collegiate debut on floor, falls for 9.200
  • No routines from Ruby Harrold
reddownarrow 2. Oklahoma 197.750
  • Nichols introduces herself with casual 39.725
  • Nichols 9.975 on UB the highest score of the weekend
  • Lowest score on bars is 9.900
  • Dowell returns to OU with 9.9s on VT and UB, 9.750 on FX
green-up-arrow 3. Florida 197.100
  • Baker debuts as FX anchor, delighting millions
  • Hundley competes AA for 39.375, reduced acro difficulty
  • Boren nearly sticks Y1.5 for 9.950
  • Gowey falls on college debut on UB because life
reddownarrow 4. Alabama 196.700
  • Falls to Oklahoma but records rare 196 of opening weekend
  • Winston AA 39.500, upsets Oklahoma beam with 9.950 event win
  • Desch makes collegiate debut on VT (9.800) and FX (9.650)
green-up-arrow 5. Utah 196.625
  • Utah solid in opener, landing errors on VT, FX drop tenths
  • Skinner debuts with 39.550 AA, DTY, tucked double double
  • Merrell adds AA for 39.425
green-up-arrow 6. Missouri 196.225
  • Missouri surprises for 6th with 196.225
  • Score is consistent with last season’s home avg, 196.095
  • Morgan Porter suspended for first meet
  • Freshman Tucker debuts in AA with 39.175
green-up-arrow 7. Denver 195.875
  • Karr establishes herself as new McGee with 39.500 AA
  • Ogden debuts with 9.8s on UB, BB
  • Addison adds BB, Ross adds FX to both compete AA
reddownarrow 8. UCLA 195.700
  • Drama BB and unready FX undermine potential 197
  • Kocian debuts with AA 39.425, 9.875 on UB, FX
  • Ross debuts with 9.875s on VT, UB
  • No 10.0 vaults
  • Two massive saves, two SV problems make BB usual amount of crazy
green-up-arrow 9. Oregon State 195.575
  • Upsets Auburn in season opener
  • Shows two 1.5s on VT from McMillan and Dessaints
  • Aufiero returns with 9.850 on UB
  • Gill debuts with hit VT, FX, falls on UB for 8.850
green-up-arrow 10. George Washington 195.550
  • Identical lineups to last season come through with top-10 score
  • CDA 9.875 on VT, DeMoura 9.875 on FX lead team
reddownarrow 11. Michigan 195.525
  • Michigan counts a bars fall to drop into the 195s
  • Was just .125 behind Utah on remaining events
  • Shchennikova debuts on UB, falls on cast 1/2 for 9.025
  • Zaziski does AA in Michigan debut, falls on UB, FX
  • Karas returns on three events, not full difficulty
green-up-arrow 12. Arkansas 195.350
  • Five VTs, but otherwise Arkansas fills lineups w/ realistic sets
  • Hailey Garner debuts with team-best scores on UB, BB
  • McGlone downgraded to 50% pee pants on BB for 9.800
  • Wellick (duh) leads AA (duh) with 39.300
reddownarrow 13. Auburn 195.275
  • Falls to Oregon State at home after meet of 9.7s
  • Freshman Day leads team on VT, UB
  • Engler returns on UB and BB (9.775, 8.800)
  • Milliet debuts in AA and shows Omelianchik VT (9.600)
green-up-arrow 14. Kentucky 195.075
  • Korth debuts AA for 39.075 win
  • Just one event each for Waltz (BB) and Kwan (VT)
  • Hyland 9.875 on BB leads team
green-up-arrow 15. NC State 194.925
  • Knight challenges Florida’s AAers with 39.350
  • Counting BB fall takes NC State out of 195s
  • Everyone on this team is from two families, like a cult
green-up-arrow 16. Northern Illinois 194.825
  • Northern Illinois?!
  • Prentice leads team with 9.875 FX, 9.850 BB
  • But…Northern Illinois?!
reddownarrow 17. Minnesota 194.725
  • 9.900 from Abernathy on FX leads team scores
  • Everyone misses Mable and Nordquist on BB for 48.025
  • Ivy Lu (remember the name) does UB for 9.775
green-up-arrow 18. Penn State 194.625
  • Garcia scores 9.950 on UB to lead everyone and everything
  • Tsang leads team on other three and in AA with 39.350
  • No Kiera Brown
green-up-arrow 19. West Virginia 194.400
  • Koshinski 9.925 on VT, Gillette 9.900 on BB lead team
  • Counting fall on FX takes away a 195
green-up-arrow 20. Ohio State 194.375
  • Mattern continues to lead with team-best VT, UB, FX, AA
  • Aepli debuts on VT, UB, FX
green-up-arrow 21. BYU 194.225
  • Hawes (nee Wilde) and Westergard go 9.900 on UB for 49.225 rotation
  • The Who’s New vs. Who Just Got Married w/ New Last Name game
  • Hortman leads AA with 38.975
green-up-arrow 22. Illinois 194.200
  • Leduc competes just one event, BB for 9.875
  • Horth returns on three pieces: VT, UB, BB
  • Counting 8.675 on bars destroys meet score
22. Iowa 194.200
  • Sullivan competes AA in debut for 38.900
  • Kaji 9.875 on UB leads team
  • Counting two falls on UB takes score down into 194s
green-up-arrow 24. Michigan State 194.175
  • Canadian Ella Douglas competes AA, leads BB, FX scores
  • Everyone misses Lisa Burt
  • No routines from Lagoski
reddownarrow 25. Arizona 194.025
  • Catastrophic BB takes score down close to 193s
  • Leydin debuts with 9.650 on VT, FX
  • Swanson leads VT with 9.850

Continue reading Week 1 Rankings and Notes

2017 Preseason Coaches Poll

Road to Nationals has released the annual coaches poll for the 2017 season in which the coaches did a pretty good job of copying and pasting last year’s final rankings and then bumping up all of their friends. Can you imagine if we had to care about a sport where this kind of stuff…mattered?

On a scale from 1 to agreed with me, I’d give the coaches a solid 7. It’s sort of a January Yurchenko full of a showing. The silver lining is we know what we have to work on.

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  • Sadly, no random 1st-place votes for Boise State this year. A real shame. This is also why we can’t do a poll of college gymnastics sites. We’re all too sarcastic. We would be like, “1. Oshkosh.”

Continue reading 2017 Preseason Coaches Poll

2017 Balance Beam Situation Preseason Rankings

We’re already here.

I know.

A month(ish) away from the start of our 2017 national nightmare. I mean dream. Beautiful dream. That means it’s time for my favorite part of the preseason, coming up with absolutely official, scientifically proven preseason rankings. Like all preseason rankings, mine are based on all the reality. Last season, I only went four-for-six (or as the kids call it, Mikulaking) on the eventual Super Six teams, so here’s hoping I can do even worse this year.

And to any and all coaches out there who haven’t yet turned in your coaches poll rankings and are feeling a little, “Ugh, I don’t know. I don’t want to” about the whole thing (and not setting a very good example of homework diligence…), you can just copy mine. They’re really, really good. You have my permission.

1. Oklahoma

Oklahoma will be better this year than last year. That’s just the way it is. Challenge extended, KJ. Last year, I underestimated the Sooners’ ability to fill those gaps on bars and beam by coming up with random and unforeseen 9.9s, but they did it because obviously and of course. This year, I don’t see those same gaps. A defending champion that should get even better? An easy pick for #1.

2. LSU

Likewise, LSU is getting better in 2017. A team that looks more than capable of filling 850 lineup openings that don’t even exist, the Tigers have the ability to separate from the rest of the title-contending pack and will enter the season as favorites to win that elusive SEC title, but can they out-improve Oklahoma?

3. Florida

Honestly, teams 3-5 have been placed more or less randomly and could have gone in any order. While writing this, I had each one in each of the different positions.

Anyway, given the class Florida has lost from 2016, it’s easy to go full raspberry on the Gators’ chances this season, but I’m not buying that, hence the #3 placement. The quality of the freshman class, improved depth of realistic (and non-9.7) backup options on the power events, and smorgasbord of 10.0 vaults should keep Florida right in the championship conversation. Continue reading 2017 Balance Beam Situation Preseason Rankings

Week 10 Rankings + Final RQS Scenarios

The final weekend of the regular season has come and gone, with all its senior nights, and crying festivals, and craziest 10s you’ll ever see. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Hanna Nordquist getting a 10 for a wobble. Nicole Artz struggling through a beam routine, ending with a fall, and still scoring 9.450. Janay Honest and McKenzie Wofford getting the same bars score. We’ll always have these memories.

This was actually one of the more normal ones.

What are you talking about? Bridget Sloan doesn’t hop on final-pass landings during her last floor routine on senior night. Shut up.

Now, we sit on the cusp of the conference championships, just one week remaining for teams to resolve their horrible RQSs and make a push for a not-horrible regionals spot. Normally at this point, I would do the temporary regionals outlook if the season ended today, but if the standings truly do end this way, it’s going to take some fancy figuring and rearranging to sort out the host placements. Based on current seeding, Alabama and Minnesota would be placed together (both hosts), Utah and Georgia would go together (both hosts), and Michigan and Iowa would go together (both hosts). So, that won’t work. Unless things dramatically resort themselves after the conference championships, be ready for the seedings to get a little weird for regionals and depart from the traditional 1/12/13, 2/11/14, 3/10/15, 4/9/16, 5/8/17, 6/7/18. 

I sort of wish they didn’t have to change because right now we have some really juicy pairings set up, like Nebraska/Arkansas fighting for a spot and Cal/Oregon State fighting for a spot. And then there’s the Stanford wildcard. Bring it on. 

Anyway, let’s get to the rankings. This week, I’ve included the maximum RQS for each team in order to provide a look at how high each team can potentially climb after the final meet. Toward the bottom, I have included the score each of the bubble teams needs to clinch a spot at regionals, if that’s possible.

Week 10 rankings
1. Oklahoma – 197.845

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.950
Road Score 2: 197.925
Road Score 3: 197.675
Road/Home Score 1: 198.075
Road/Home Score 2: 197.900
Road/Home Score 3: 197.775

Maximum RQS: 197.925

With another gigantic performance over the weekend at UCLA, Oklahoma widens its lead over Florida, but while the season-ending #1 ranking looks likely at this point, it is not yet guaranteed. The Sooners can clinch the spot with a 197.850 at Big 12s, a difficult score but one that is clearly attainable. The other entirely cosmetic but fun benchmark to watch out for is Oklahoma’s school RQS record of 197.895 (tied for second-best all time), which can be broken this year with a 197.950 at Big 12s.

The Sooners did a little lineup fiddling against UCLA with Kmieciak coming out of the six on vault, beam, and floor. It didn’t end up mattering too much in the final score, but her replacements (Jackson on beam and Marks on floor) both had errors, and their scores had to be dropped. They’re probably not routines Oklahoma will want to use when things count, putting a little more pressure on the good lineups to be present and accounted for. 

2. Florida – 197.655

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.525
Road Score 3: 197.075
Road/Home Score 1: 198.175
Road/Home Score 2: 198.050
Road/Home Score 3: 197.875

Maximum RQS: 197.875

With the senior-night scoring parade, Florida won the 198-race for the regular season, which is a thing now I guess. Florida could theoretically pass Oklahoma for the #1 national seed, but that would take at least a 198.050 at SECs coupled with Oklahoma not increasing its RQS at all. It’s possible, but not likely.

Beam was Florida’s weak event on Friday in spite of marking the team’s first 6-for-6 showing in quite a while. Peyton Ernst was out injured, putting yet more strain on a group that has been somewhat shaky lately, pretty much all except for McMurtry.

3. LSU – 197.555

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.900
Road Score 2: 197.825
Road Score 3: 196.800
Road/Home Score 1: 197.925
Road/Home Score 2: 197.825
Road/Home Score 3: 197.425

Maximum RQS: 197.780

LSU has made a late run and is suddenly within striking distance of Florida for that #2 spot. It will take at minimum 197.325 at SECs, but both teams should be eclipsing that mark quite comfortably at this point. If both teams do go big and LSU beats Florida by a couple tenths, LSU could move ahead.

Priessman returned on bars for 9.925 last weekend, shoring up a somewhat questionable lineup. There are still a couple clear 9.800s that will pale against the top teams, but it’s starting to look more competitive. In fact, the biggest question for LSU this year is once again whether beam, the team’s most enjoyable and beautiful event, is non-terrifying enough to warrant a national championship.

4. Alabama – 197.325

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.300
Road Score 3: 197.250
Road/Home Score 1: 197.550
Road/Home Score 2: 197.375
Road/Home Score 3: 197.175

Maximum RQS: 197.400

Out of action, Alabama was forced to concede a step to the other big girls, and heading into conference championships, the Tide look like a clear #3 in the SEC. But don’t sleep on Alabama. We learned that last year in pretty much the exact same scenario. And many times before that. The concern about Alabama right now is one of scoring potential. Alabama’s high is 197.550 this year, a score we’d expect both Florida and LSU to sail past at SECs. Then again, Alabama is sort of secret-weaponing it this year. Have we even seen the final lineups? Even in the last meet of the regular season, those were not the lineups that should be going out at SECs unless there are serious injury problems.

5. Utah – 197.205

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.150
Road Score 3: 197.075
Road/Home Score 1: 197.675
Road/Home Score 2: 197.150
Road/Home Score 3: 197.125

Maximum RQS: 197.325

Utah is starting to get real scores now. In the rankings, the Utes could theoretically tie Alabama and may be somewhat vulnerable to Auburn with a weak showing at Pac-12s, but by far the most likely scenario sees them hanging at #5 going into regionals. 

Unfortunately, Utah may also be entering Problemtown, USA after Stover injured her shoulder on beam in the last meet, accounting for the bizarre floor routine that followed. Her injury is not too devastating for floor especially if Partyka comes back in (and even if she doesn’t, there are workable backups), but is quite troubling for beam if she’s not able to return for the counting meets. Stover and Lee were supposed to lead beam to new heights this year, and if a postseason lineup has to be cobbled together without both of them, it will be hard to stay competitive.

6. Auburn – 197.120

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.325
Road Score 2: 197.125
Road Score 3: 196.825
Road/Home Score 1: 197.275
Road/Home Score 2: 197.200
Road/Home Score 3: 197.175

Maximum RQS: 197.220 

How exactly is Auburn doing better this year than last year? Quietly, the Tigers have squeezed out a very respectable number of 197s, but it’s hard to classify them as a Super Six favorite in spite of the current ranking. Is it just a reputation thing? Or is Auburn’s peak scoring potential lower than that of Michigan, Georgia, UCLA etc? Will Auburn’s resolute 49.3s keep pace if one of those other teams figures out what hitting is, or is this another season in which Auburn would have to rely on a mistake to get into Super Six?

7. Michigan – 197.085

RQS:
Road Score 1: 197.275
Road Score 2: 196.975
Road Score 3: 196.900
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 197.225
Road/Home Score 3: 197.050

Maximum RQS: 197.190

BEAAAMMMMMMMM. The beam virus has been making the rounds all over school, but it looks like Michigan has the brunt of it now, counting yet another fall at the Big Five meet along with a possible injury to Nicole Artz. Michigan’s beam is becoming one of those must-watch, must-cower rotations again. The good old days. The Wolverines will have a shot to move ahead of Auburn this weekend depending on what happens, but since 6 and 7 go to the same regional, that is exactly meaningless. Fighting off Georgia and UCLA will be the task.

8. Georgia – 196.990

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.125
Road Score 2: 197.025
Road Score 3: 196.775
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 197.275
Road/Home Score 3: 196.750

Maximum RQS: 197.145

BEAAAMMMMMMMM. But a positive version of that. Sort of. No one feels safe while watching Georgia on beam, but managing six hit routines over the weekend is another step, especially with a burgeoning glimmer of (dare I say) confidence brewing in Broussard and Rogers to join Box as realistic and expected hits. …? Maybe…? Georgia will have to endure the early session of SECs, which is only really a concern with respect to scores being kept down early in the day. Given what we’ve seen this year, Georgia should still be able to drop that 196.750 with another actually hit beam, even in the first session. 

9. UCLA – 196.940

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.925
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.675
Road/Home Score 1: 197.475
Road/Home Score 2: 197.200
Road/Home Score 3: 197.100

Maximum RQS: 197.100

After FLASHGATE, another fine-not-amazing score keeps UCLA smashed down in the rankings at 9th, though that 196.675 is very drop-able, so we may see a rise back up the rankings. The performance on Sunday exposed the trouble of relying heavily on beam to stay in the realm of competitiveness. It’s still beam, and people sometimes do layout stepouts to their hips.

While we may seem some teams shifting a spot or two in this top group, these nine will remain the top nine heading into regionals. Because the teams look like they’re going to have to be rearranged so much to make regionals work, the final spots may not even matter that much as they’ll end up being adjusted anyway.

The rest of the rankings get really interesting with quite a bit more potential for reshuffling. As many as five teams are still capable of finishing the season in 10th and nearly every team left in the teens still theoretically capable of snatching a #2 seed at a regional.

10. Denver – 196.645

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.050
Road Score 2: 196.350
Road Score 3: 196.325
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.825

Road/Home Score 3: 196.675

Maximum RQS: 196.885

11. Cal – 196.555

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.500
Road Score 2: 196.900
Road Score 3: 195.650
Road/Home Score 1: 196.825
Road/Home Score 2: 196.750
Road/Home Score 3: 196.650

Maximum RQS: 196.925 

Cal got a 197.500. I know. It’s enough to earn a spot in the evening session at Pac-12s, which in the grand tradition of scores begetting scores, could be just what Cal needs to confirm a #2 seeding. 

12. Nebraska – 196.535

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.000
Road Score 2: 196.350
Road Score 3: 196.150
Road/Home Score 1: 197.350
Road/Home Score 2: 196.775
Road/Home Score 3: 196.400

Maximum RQS: 196.725

Nebraska got a PHEW of a result in the Big Five meet in the team’s final chance to drop a nasty low road score and move toward a more realistic ranking. Healthy, this is a 197 team, and if I’m any of the other schools in this little 10-16 group, Nebraska is the team I’d most want to avoid when the final placements shake out. 

13. Arkansas – 196.505

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 196.200
Road Score 3: 196.150
Road/Home Score 1: 197.225
Road/Home Score 2: 196.775
Road/Home Score 3: 196.700

Maximum RQS: 196.720

14. Oregon State – 196.450

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.550
Road Score 2: 196.350
Road Score 3: 196.225
Road/Home Score 1: 196.850
Road/Home Score 2: 196.800
Road/Home Score 3: 196.325

Maximum RQS: 196.575

That max RQS is the lowest in this group, putting OSU at a disadvantage compared to the others. The Beavs can still move up, but the likes of Cal, Nebraska, and even Arkansas won’t have to be all that great at conference championships to keep Oregon State down in the rankings. The Beavs will even be vulnerable to dropping lower since several of the next teams could pass regardless of what they score.

15. Boise State – 196.425

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.425
Road Score 2: 196.425
Road Score 3: 196.400
Road/Home Score 1: 197.325
Road/Home Score 2: 196.575
Road/Home Score 3: 196.300

Maximum RQS: 196.630

Boise State finally got that huge score but suffered the inevitable plummet at the same time because of those bunched mid-196s, which were not going to remain top-ten competitive when the other schools started to counter with higher 196s and into the 197s. But, it does mean that if BSU can replicate that score at home this weekend at the Mountain Rim Central Rockies Goodwill Alliance Definitely-Not-A-Fake-Sounding-Competition Conference Cup Championship, they’ll have a better shot to move up than Oregon State.

16. Minnesota – 196.395

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.425
Road Score 2: 197.225
Road Score 3: 196.300
Road/Home Score 1: 196.200
Road/Home Score 2: 196.175
Road/Home Score 3: 196.075

Maximum RQS: 196.665

Thank crazy scoring for this sudden and relatively unexpected ranking. Minnesota looks poised to become that ever-dangerous third-seed host, even more dangerous with scoring precedent achieved both home and away. It will take a 196.350 at conference championships to guarantee Minnesota a #3 regionals seed.

17. Washington – 196.360

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 196.250
Road Score 3: 196.175
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.450 
Road/Home Score 3: 196.325

Maximum RQS: 196.425

Washington made a late run and didn’t even end up all that far away from qualifying for the evening session at Pac-12s. Hosting Pac-12s is a bit of a disadvantage in that it means those lower road scores must count and that Washington does not control its #3-seed destiny. If Iowa and Stanford nail their meets, Washington will drop into the 19-24 range regardless of performance.

18. Iowa – 196.330

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.650
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 196.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 196.075

Maximum RQS: 196.445

19. Stanford – 196.305

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.400
Road Score 2: 196.650
Road Score 3: 196.250
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 196.075
Road/Home Score 3: 195.875

Maximum RQS: 196.610

Ah, the big one. Stanford left it until late obviously, and honestly all the histrionics from me and…me about this ranking may all come to nothing if Stanford manages a big performance at Pac-12s. The Cardinal could still theoretically get as high as #11, but that would require a lot of help and fortuitous falls from others. More likely is a mid-low #3 seed, resolutely pestering those 5-8 teams and making their lives miserable. At least it wouldn’t be a #4 seed, which is what will happen in Stanford has a disaster at Pac-12s. 

20. Missouri – 196.235

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.625
Road Score 2: 196.050
Road Score 3: 195.825
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.625
Road/Home Score 3: 196.050

Maximum RQS: 196.400

21. Arizona – 196.155

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.375
Road Score 2: 196.000
Road Score 3: 195.775
Road/Home Score 1: 196.850
Road/Home Score 2: 196.475

Road/Home Score 3: 196.150

Maximum RQS: 196.370

Here we hit the cutoff for top-3 seed contention. Stanford, Missouri, and Arizona could still potentially get in, but no one else can. This seeding range can be important because the top three seeds are drawn based on their rankings while the rest are split into groups of six and distributed “geographically,” or more accurately, “randomly.” It’s unlikely that Arizona will get up into that pack, but it’s still possible. Below this, the fate of the next eight teams is already sealed regardless of what happens this weekend. They’re going to regionals, and they’ll be sorted as 4, 5, 6 seeds.

22. Kentucky – 196.115

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 195.800
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.275
Road/Home Score 3: 196.050

Maximum RQS: 196.295

23. George Washington – 195.905

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.750
Road/Home Score 1: 196.600
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.725

Maximum RQS: 196.080

24. Eastern Michigan – 195.875

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1: 196.250
Road/Home Score 2: 195.750
Road/Home Score 3: 195.600

Maximum RQS: 196.075

25. Illinois – 195.870

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 195.950
Road Score 3: 195.875
Road/Home Score 1: 196.525
Road/Home Score 2: 195.725
Road/Home Score 3: 195.500

Maximum RQS: 196.075

Sadly, seeing Mary Jane Horth and Giana O’Connor as crutch-twins after O’Connor’s injury in the Big Five meet may have sealed the season for Illinois.

26. Southern Utah – 195.840

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.275
Road Score 2: 196.000
Road Score 3: 195.250
Road/Home Score 1: 196.300
Road/Home Score 2: 195.975
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

Maximum RQS: 196.050

27. West Virginia – 195.805

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.225
Road Score 2: 195.825
Road Score 3: 195.250
Road/Home Score 1: 196.800
Road/Home Score 2: 195.925
Road/Home Score 3: 195.800

Maximum RQS: 196.115

28. Penn State – 195.800

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 195.925
Road Score 3: 195.700
Road/Home Score 1: 197.125
Road/Home Score 2: 195.675
Road/Home Score 3: 195.350

Maximum RQS: 196.155

29. Ohio State – 195.765

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.100
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.675

Maximum RQS: 195.980

This is the regionals cutoff. Everyone through Ohio State has already clinched a spot at regionals, while everyone below this line still has work to do this weekend.
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30. Kent State – 195.455

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.325
Road Score 2: 195.275
Road Score 3: 194.625
Road/Home Score 1: 196.125
Road/Home Score 2: 196.050
Road/Home Score 3: 196.000

Maximum RQS: 195.755

To guarantee qualification to regionals, Kent State must score 195.050 this weekend.

31. BYU – 195.430

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.575
Road Score 2: 195.550
Road Score 3: 195.400
Road/Home Score 1: 195.750
Road/Home Score 2: 195.475
Road/Home Score 3: 195.150

Maximum RQS: 195.550

To guarantee qualification to regionals, BYU must score 195.700 this weekend.

32. New Hampshire – 195.400

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.800
Road Score 2: 195.225
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 196.075
Road/Home Score 2: 195.550
Road/Home Score 3: 195.325

Maximum RQS: 195.595

To guarantee qualification to regionals, New Hampshire must score 195.800 this weekend.

UNH has fallen apart lately with consecutive 193s, dropping precipitously into the danger zone, which didn’t look all that likely even a month ago. Now, that 195.800 it will take to assure qualification is quite an ask.

33. NC State – 195.375

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 195.925
Road Score 3: 195.450
Road/Home Score 1: 195.900
Road/Home Score 2: 194.900
Road/Home Score 3: 194.700

Maximum RQS: 195.670

To guarantee qualification to regionals, NC State must score 195.525 this weekend.

Being able to drop that 194.700 puts slightly less pressure on NC State in terms of the score needed to advance, which in turn makes things more precarious for New Hampshire and BYU.

34. Utah State – 195.350

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.750
Road Score 2: 195.475
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 196.025
Road/Home Score 2: 195.425
Road/Home Score 3: 195.000

Maximum RQS: 195.555

To guarantee qualification to regionals, Utah State must score 195.950 this weekend.

35. Central Michigan – 195.345

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.700
Road Score 2: 195.400
Road Score 3: 195.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.125
Road/Home Score 2: 195.175
Road/Home Score 3: 195.125

Maximum RQS: 195.535

Central Michigan does not hold its own fate. Even if CMU scores a 198 this weekend, it’s still possible that they could be passed by the likes of Michigan State and Bowling Green and not be able to do anything about it. It will be a weekend of waiting to see what other teams do and hoping Michigan State and Bowling Green have meltdowns.

36. Michigan State – 195.310

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 195.425
Road Score 3: 195.275
Road/Home Score 1: 195.575
Road/Home Score 2: 195.175
Road/Home Score 3: 195.100

Maximum RQS: 195.560

It’s possible for Michigan State to guarantee qualification with its performance this weekend, but it would take 196.250 at Big Tens to do so, which is a tall order. More likely, Michigan State will also have to play the wait-and-see game, but depending on their performance, can make that game a lot less scary.

37. Bowling Green – 195.290

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.725
Road Score 2: 195.350
Road Score 3: 194.800
Road/Home Score 1: 196.500
Road/Home Score 2: 195.425
Road/Home Score 3: 195.150

Maximum RQS; 195.630

Bowling Green is in the same spot as Michigan State, though the score to guarantee qualification is slightly lower, a 196.050. That’s still quite a bit to expect of a Bowling Green team, however.

38. Maryland – 195.235

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.025
Road Score 2: 195.500
Road Score 3: 195.125
Road/Home Score 1: 195.500
Road/Home Score 2: 195.350

Road/Home Score 3: 194.700

Maximum RQS: 195.500

Maryland has an uphill battle to make it back to regionals this time, also forced to depend on other teams to have weak meets to go along with a solid performance of their own. It will take at minimum 195.100 for Maryland to be in with a shot, but realistically it will take a lot more than that.

39. Iowa State – 195.225

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.625
Road Score 2: 194.825
Road Score 3: 194.725
Road/Home Score 1: 196.025
Road/Home Score 2: 195.650
Road/Home Score 3: 195.300

Maximum RQS: 195.485

With a 194 last weekend, Iowa Stare suddenly plummeted out of the safe zone. Iowa State’s fate is the same as Maryland’s currently, though it would take minimum 195.175 for Iowa State to have a chance to take advantage of others’ mistakes and squeak into the top 36.

Beginning with Rutgers at #40, every other team has already been eliminated from contention for regionals.

Week 9 Rankings + RQS Update

One more week of regular, normal, average action, then it’s on to the conference championships, and then after that, it starts being actually important to do well. So close! With some schools taking byes this coming weekend like lazy garbage teams, we now know a few maximum RQS totals, so we can see exactly how high those teams will be able to rise. Or not rise.

The most critical ranking development came from the significant scores posted by Stanford and Nebraska on Sunday, rendering things somewhat less precarious for both teams. And more precarious for everyone else because now Nebraska and Stanford have proven 197 potential and are going to make some unlucky team very disappointed some day. No one wants a 197ing #3 seed. The problem for them is that Denver and Arkansas have also proven to be 197 teams, making it harder to move up into cozier, higher penthouse floors.

The Race for the Evening Session at SECs is also winding down, with Georgia currently on the outside looking in and trying to snatch Auburn at the last second. Oregon State also currently sits in 5th in the Pac-12, but Washington is the host of the championships this year, so this may get a little wonky. When Cal hosted two years ago, the home team’s session was the evening one, even though Cal was in the B group. It didn’t go well, but do we know if they’ve received the memo on that or if it will be more of the same? The Big Ten does things a little differently, putting six teams in the second session, with placement decided by the results at the Big Five meets this coming weekend. 

In scoring news, it’s March. That’s all you need to know. The judges felt like they had permission to start throwing out the 10s like candy again, to least to everyone who isn’t named Elizabeth Price. Sloan got another beam 10, Gnat got another floor 10, and McGee also got another floor 10, all gymnasts who have already received 10s on those events this season. Then in UCLA’s own SEC-themed carnival of insane scores, Danusia got her first beam 10 for a couple years, and Brittany Rogers got her first 10 ever, just not on the event where she was supposed to get it.

As usually happens in meets like those, the craziest scores weren’t the 10s but unjustified 9.925s and 9.950s that pushed the totals up and made the 10s almost necessary. That’s why it was so funny that Price didn’t get a 10 from both judges this particular bars routine. (I’m not as worked up about vault because it was not a true stick, in spite of doing the DTY. You can’t decide not to see it simply because of difficulty, as many times as we’ve seen that happen. )

Sure, Price has done this identical bars routine four or five times and never received 10.000 for it, but this time is somewhat different because it’s not like the judges were keeping themselves clothed and professional, even the particular bars judge who went 9.950 (and who also gave Sophina 9.900 for one of her Evel Knievel dismounts). They were throwing panties on every event for all the teams, and then…

9.975. OK? You’re choosing now to have scruples?

Anyway, to the rankings! I’m taking the rankings down much lower this week for a look at who is in regionals contention and how close the race is. (It’s close.)

Week 9 rankings

1. Oklahoma – 197.765

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.925
Road Score 2: 197.675
Road Score 3: 197.550
Road/Home Score 1: 198.075
Road/Home Score 2: 197.900
Road/Home Score 3: 197.775

Oklahoma keeps putting away 197 after 197 and remains safe at #1 until at least the conference championships. It’s hard to pick at a team with these scores because while there are momentary issues like weaker vault landings over the weekend, Oklahoma is hitting us in the face with solid gymnastics week after week. The real question I have is, interestingly, about the beam lineup. Now, it’s interesting in part because I always pretend to have a question about the beam lineup and then it always ends up being better than fine in the postseason because it’s Oklahoma and beam. But then again, I look at Kmieciak, Lehrmann, Catour, Brown, Jones, and Capps (the recent six) and I think…is this really the team’s best beam lineup?

2. Florida 197.580

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.525
Road Score 3: 197.075
Road/Home Score 1: 198.175
Road/Home Score 2: 197.875
Road/Home Score 3: 197.675

Florida gained some ground on Oklahoma this week after a crucially large road total, but it’s a bit of a treadmill process when Oklahoma keeps getting just as massive or more massive scores. The Gators compete at home next weekend for senior night and will host the annual 198 party, so they cannot drop that low road score and catch Oklahoma quite yet. The real question this week is how much of a 40 Bridget Sloan is going to have on Senior Night. I mean the score. 40.000. I’m talking about gymnastics.

The #2 ranking is safe for now, and much of the potential to challenge for #1 will come down to what Florida can do at SECs to get rid of that peasant 197.075.

Fun fact: Florida has hit all six beam routines just once since January and hasn’t had all beam scores reach 9.8 since January 15th. The balance beam situation vulture eyes are on all over the place this week.

3. LSU – 197.340

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.900
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.750
Road/Home Score 1: 197.925
Road/Home Score 2: 197.825
Road/Home Score 3: 197.425

The Tigers recorded a season high and used it to pass Alabama into 3rd, which is quite a solid ranking for a team that spent so much of the early half of the season significantly under-ranked. I see no reason to expect LSU’s RQS ascent to stop considering that those two non-bold road scores are pretty pedestrian by LSU standards and would constitute a weak meet at this point in the year. Florida is unreachable until SECs, but there will be an opening at that point if LSU records a couple more big 197s. Traveling to TWU and then to SECs, it seems realistic.

4. Alabama – 197.325

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.300
Road Score 3: 197.250
Road/Home Score 1: 197.550
Road/Home Score 2: 197.375
Road/Home Score 3: 197.175

Maximum RQS: 197.400

That 196.200 disaster against LSU was not a good note on which to leave the regular season, but with no meet next weekend, Alabama will have to live with annihilating my fantasy team and heading into SECs with the poor taste of sub-49 scores on bars and beam still lingering. The bars problem shouldn’t really be repeated, although Jetter’s double front is always a case of pass-the-stabbing-knife, but beam has been a case of the beautiful disasters this year, especially disastrous when some of the beautifuls aren’t competing. Winston only did one event over the weekend. What even was that?

Because LSU looks very likely to increase its RQS and Alabama is capped at 197.400, it looks like the remaining score will be more about fending off the others.

5. Utah – 197.105

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.150
Road Score 3: 197.075
Road/Home Score 1: 197.150
Road/Home Score 2: 197.125
Road/Home Score 3: 197.025

Utah finally broke through with a much-needed giant score, putting together a complete meet across all four events and increasing the team’s ceiling heading into a home meet against Georgia followed by Pac-12s, both of which we can assume will be high scores as well. We’re hitting the point in the season in which many of the rankings, especially at the top, are solidifying. Utah can’t rise any higher than 5th after this weekend and would need to continue going 197.5+ in both remaining meets to have any shot at Alabama.

6. Michigan – 197.085

RQS:
Road Score 1: 197.275
Road Score 2: 196.975
Road Score 3: 196.900
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 197.225
Road/Home Score 3: 197.050

Michigan hasn’t been doing poorly exactly, but as other teams keep getting 197.5s, the Wolverines have begun bleeding a ranking spot per week. The weekend’s result will be quite disappointing, throwing away the opportunity for a season high by counting a fall on beam. For yet another team, beam is becoming worrisome as this falling issue has been lingering most of the season without ever being truly resolved. In fact, it has returned with strength in the last three meets, which have included a disaster, a half-disaster, and a barely-got-through. Depending on what Utah and Auburn score next time, Michigan is close enough to move back up to #5 with a recovery performance at the Big Ten semifinal. (Why don’t they call this meet the Big Ten semifinals again? Instead of the Big Ten Big Five Five Meet, or whatever?)

7. Auburn – 196.940

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.325
Road Score 2: 197.125
Road Score 3: 196.825
Road/Home Score 1: 197.275
Road/Home Score 2: 197.200
Road/Home Score 3: 196.275 

Auburn was presented with the golden opportunity of passing UCLA last weekend and comfortably did the job with yet another 197, bringing back the nailed-landings vault brigade that was so impressive that one time earlier in the season. The scary thing for the other teams is the 196.275 home score that’s still lurking around. Based on current form, we should expect Auburn to obliterate that this weekend. The Tigers have a peak RQS of 197.150 after the next meet, which means a ranking as high as #5 is conceivable.

In the other race, the one for the evening session at SEC Championships, a 196.950 would clinch Auburn’s spot and keep Georgia in the cold.

8. UCLA – 196.865

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.925
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.675
Road/Home Score 1: 197.475
Road/Home Score 2: 197.100
Road/Home Score 3: 196.825

Much like Michigan, UCLA falls in the rankings after a huge missed opportunity. In spite of competing without a number of important routines because of UCLA reasons, this meet was supposed to be a high 197. Continuing bars trauma and counting a fall on beam rendered the score barely usable instead of offensively huge. The Bruins will have another chance to snatch that huge score on senior day against Oklahoma, although moving up in the rankings will be a challenge with Auburn looking so likely to move up. Because UCLA’s bold scores are noticeably lower than those of the teams ranked above, it’s hard to envision much upward movement before regionals.

9. Georgia – 196.820

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.025
Road Score 2: 196.775
Road Score 3: 196.275
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 197.275
Road/Home Score 3: 196.750

This was not a weekend of rainbows for Georgia, but we’re starting to see them pull closer to a reasonable ranking for this roster’s talent level. The Gymdogs, however, still aren’t putting it all together, in the first meet of the weekend actually hitting beam but throwing up an anemic bars score, and then in the second meet of the weekend kinda-sorta hitting beam and then having an OOB fest on floor. Everything is still terrifying.

With that 196.275 still to drop, Georgia has a higher peak score than UCLA after this weekend and will view moving up as doable. Passing Auburn for that evening spot is also mathematically possible, but it can only happen if Auburn doesn’t hit that target score and Georgia goes, at very minimum, 196.900.

10. Denver – 196.605

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.050
Road Score 2: 196.350
Road Score 3: 196.125
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.825

Road/Home Score 3: 196.675

Sup, Denver. Denver has pushed into the top 10 (!) on the strength of two more big scores over the weekend. Significantly, Sunday marked Denver’s first truly huge road total, which had been one of the questions about this team. Was this just a home thing? Now, it was at Air Force, which wasn’t exactly a road meet (it’s like when UCLA used to go to CSUF). This same meet saw Minnesota record a season high by A FULL POINT in a loosely scored affair, so the next two weeks on the road will be critical. We know this is a 196 team. Whether it’s a high-196/197 team, which is what will ultimately determine Denver’s nationals hopes, is still up for debate. 

11. Arkansas – 196.470

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 196.200
Road Score 3: 196.150
Road/Home Score 1: 197.225
Road/Home Score 2: 196.700
Road/Home Score 3: 196.600

Arkansas drops a few spots this week on account of a mehish lowish 196 away against Missouri. Much like Boise State, Arkansas would always be hurt most by a case of the normal when the big teams start bigging, and that’s what happened. We just didn’t know that one of those big teams would suddenly be Denver. The HOGS now have to count a 196.200 road score, which really handcuffs their chances to move up, making placement in the #1 or #2 regional look like a solid bet. They’ll be fighting it out with a pretty equivalent team for a spot at nationals. 

Arkansas has been eliminated from contention for the evening session at SECs.

12. Boise State – 196.365

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.425
Road Score 2: 196.425
Road Score 3: 196.400
Road/Home Score 1: 196.575
Road/Home Score 2: 196.300
Road/Home Score 3: 196.275

Boise State has been inching up a tenth every week, leading to a season-high 196.575 on Sunday. Now, the fact that Boise State has been wildly consistent with these scores means there’s not a lot of room to move up, and because Boise State hasn’t faced any difficult teams this year or had any big wins, it’s almost certain that they will be the overlooked mystery heading into regionals even if they do maintain a solid ranking. The mystery is heightened because regionals will be their first meet against an opponent of quality. What to expect…

13. Stanford – 196.305

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.400
Road Score 2: 196.650
Road Score 3: 196.250
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 196.075
Road/Home Score 3: 195.875

Maximum RQS: 196.610

Stanford can breathe a little easier now with that 197.400 which shot their ranking up to a much more normal station. The Cardinal are theoretically capable of moving as high as 10th depending on their performance at Pac-12s, but since they’re out of action this coming weekend, they’ll also be quite vulnerable to getting passed by a number of teams (could theoretically finish the weekend as low as 19th, though a lot of huge scores would have to happen) including two Pac-12 foes.

Cal needs a 195.675 to move ahead of Stanford this week, and Oregon State needs a 195.850. Both teams should reach those marks rather easily, which means Stanford may very well be out of the big-girl session at Pac-12s. That would be a rather shocking turn of events. 

Stanford would take this #13 spot in a second if things were actually to finish this way. In a regional with Oklahoma and Boise State, Stanford would be favored to advance. It’s just…going to take a massive result at Pac-12s to make that happen.

14. Cal – 196.290

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.900
Road Score 2: 195.650
Road Score 3: 195.575
Road/Home Score 1: 196.825
Road/Home Score 2: 196.750
Road/Home Score 3: 196.650

This is what still makes Stanford a little vulnerable. Cal’s bold scores are good and very competitive. If Cal can continue scoring these mid 196s, a ranking of 11th or 12th is not out of the picture. 

15. Missouri – 196.235

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.625
Road Score 2: 196.050
Road Score 3: 195.825
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.625
Road/Home Score 3: 196.050

16. Oregon State – 196.205

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.225
Road Score 3: 195.325
Road/Home Score 1: 196.850
Road/Home Score 2: 196.800
Road/Home Score 3: 196.325

Oregon State was in a dire position a week ago, but three solid home scores in a row have solved a problem like a beaver. At least for the moment. There’s still the matter of that 195.325 that must be removed if Oregon State is going to avoid a nasty placement, but of course the good news about that score is that if the Beavs are indeed able to drop it, they could possibly move into the top 12.

16. Nebraska – 196.205

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 197.350
Road/Home Score 2: 196.775
Road/Home Score 3: 196.400

Nebraska also came up with a season high and savior score over the weekend in a meet featuring the returns of Laeng and Orel, which served to make the team look much less sparse and horrifying. It was always a less urgent performance than some of the others because the real urgency comes this weekend on the road at the Big Five when that 195.350 must be eliminated. If that happens, expect Nebraska’s ranking to skyrocket, but if it doesn’t, that was the last chance since Nebraska is hosting Big Tens. 

18. Iowa – 196.200

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.275
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 196.075
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 196.000

Iowa recorded a number of bigger 196s in the middle of the season, but the scores have leveled off in the last couple showings, meaning it’s likely that Iowa will act as a really dangerous spoiler as a regional host rather than a contender for a second seed, which was on the table earlier. But, with those home 196s this year, Iowa is certainly in the regional spoiler conversation. 

19. Minnesota – 196.105

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.225
Road Score 2: 196.300
Road Score 3: 196.175
Road/Home Score 1: 196.200
Road/Home Score 2: 196.075
Road/Home Score 3: 195.775

The problem with recording one giant score is that it must be dropped, so Sunday’s 197 only really helps Minnesota if it happens again.

20. Arizona – 196.080

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.375
Road Score 2: 196.000
Road Score 3: 195.775
Road/Home Score 1: 196.475
Road/Home Score 2: 196.150

Road/Home Score 3: 196.100

Arizona was able to drop another weak score with the performance at Oklahoma over the weekend, but it was not enough to change the ranking scenario. Competing at home next weekend, Arizona will not be able to move into the top 18 before Pac-12s and cannot make the top-seeded session. Vault has been the death of this team.

21. Kentucky – 195.965

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 195.800
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.050
Road/Home Score 3: 195.525

Note: Kentucky’s last two scores are 196.700 and 196.650. We can argue crazy scoring in both affairs, but that’s still something we don’t usually see from Kentucky.

22. George Washington – 195.905

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.750
Road/Home Score 1: 196.600
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.725

GWU is continuing to record good scores but not good enough to maintain that untenable early-season ranking. This is still a very solid RQS picture ,and GWU has a legitimate shot at staying in the top 25, which would a tremendous finishing point.

23. Illinois – 195.765

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 195.875
Road Score 3: 195.725
Road/Home Score 1: 196.525
Road/Home Score 2: 195.500
Road/Home Score 3: 195.425

Just when it looked like things were finally turning around, Illinois counts an 8 on bars. At this point, it’s highly unlikely that Illinois will snatch a #3-seed at regionals, but still, if I’m any of the teams, I don’t want to see Illinois end up in my section. This roster is still too impressive to tolerate as a #4 seed.

24. Washington – 195.750

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.250
Road Score 2: 196.175
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 196.450
Road/Home Score 2: 196.325 
Road/Home Score 3: 194.650

Washington is trudging up the rankings toward something more realistic, heading out on the “road” to Seattle Pacific tonight with a chance to get rid of that 194 and potentially move into the top 20.

25. West Virginia – 195.665

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.225
Road Score 2: 195.250
Road Score 3: 195.250
Road/Home Score 1: 196.800
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.800

26. Eastern Michigan – 195.635

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1: 195.750
Road/Home Score 2: 195.600
Road/Home Score 3: 195.050

27. Southern Utah – 195.595

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.000
Road Score 2: 195.250
Road Score 3: 195.050
Road/Home Score 1: 196.300
Road/Home Score 2: 195.975
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

SUU is a competitive team being held down by weak road scores, which continued after counting a fall on beam over the weekend. High 195s are quite attainable for this group, so they’ll have a solid chance to move back up into the top 25 after the two remaining meets.

28. Penn State – 195.550

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 195.925
Road Score 3: 195.700
Road/Home Score 1: 195.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.350
Road/Home Score 3: 195.100

The descent of Penn State grows ever more extreme. Remember three years ago when Penn State made nationals? When you go to Arizona State and are in a fight to see which team can be more of a mess, it’s not a good season. 

28. Ohio State – 195.550

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.275
Road/Home Score 1: 195.800
Road/Home Score 2: 195.675
Road/Home Score 3: 195.025

Also remember when Ohio State made nationals? 

30. New Hampshire – 195.400

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.800
Road Score 2: 195.225
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 196.075
Road/Home Score 2: 195.550
Road/Home Score 3: 195.325

Early in the season, UNH was in a fight with George Washington to reign EAGL, but things have gone downhill for New Hampshire since the beam dominance and 196s of January. It’s particularly interesting that beam has been the downfall of the last two meets, since that’s supposed to be the strength.

31. BYU – 195.370

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.575
Road Score 2: 195.550
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 195.750
Road/Home Score 2: 195.475
Road/Home Score 3: 195.150

32. Utah State – 195.350

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.750
Road Score 2: 195.475
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 196.025
Road/Home Score 2: 195.425
Road/Home Score 3: 195.000

33. Central Michigan – 195.345

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.700
Road Score 2: 195.400
Road Score 3: 195.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.125
Road/Home Score 2: 195.175
Road/Home Score 3: 195.125

34. Michigan State – 195.170

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.425
Road Score 2: 195.275
Road Score 3: 195.100
Road/Home Score 1: 195.575
Road/Home Score 2: 195.175
Road/Home Score 3: 194.875

35. Kent State – 195.145

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.325
Road Score 2: 194.625
Road Score 3: 193.725
Road/Home Score 1: 196.125
Road/Home Score 2: 196.050
Road/Home Score 3: 196.000

Now that’s a scoring disparity. Almost an identical thing happened last year, when counting a road 193 kept Kent State out of regionals despite more than competitive home scores. Will the same thing happen again? Two road meets left to fix it.

36. Iowa State – 195.100

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.625
Road Score 2: 194.725
Road Score 3: 194.200
Road/Home Score 1: 196.025
Road/Home Score 2: 195.650
Road/Home Score 3: 195.300

It’s a similar look for Iowa State, currently holding onto the final position but without any margin over the contenders.

37. NC State – 195.090

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 195.925
Road Score 3: 195.450
Road/Home Score 1: 194.900
Road/Home Score 2: 194.700
Road/Home Score 3: 194.475

This is the weird season for NC State, when venue renovations mean that this Saturday’s meet is the team’s first and only home meet of the season. This could finally be the chance to benefit from the kind of home score that all these other adjacent teams have been able to take advantage of, with Kent State and Iowa State having to head out for road meets. 

38. Bowling Green 195.050

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.725
Road Score 2: 195.350
Road Score 3: 194.800
Road/Home Score 1: 195.425
Road/Home Score 2: 195.150
Road/Home Score 3: 194.525

Bowling Green! And with an extra meet in hand coming up this Thursday to bump that score up!

39. Maryland – 195.015

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.025
Road Score 2: 195.125
Road Score 3: 194.400
Road/Home Score 1: 195.500
Road/Home Score 2: 195.350

Road/Home Score 3: 194.700

The rest of the teams are far enough back that we’ll deal with them next week if there’s still an outside chance they could get in, but this is most likely the contending group.

Week 8 Rankings + RQS Update

This was really another week for the 9.975 as those continued to sprout up all like weeds, but we did see a few full 10s thrown out as well, one for Lauren Beers for sticking her Y1.5, and another for Nina McGee for doing Nina McGee things on floor.


“Don’t lean, don’t lean, don’t lean, don’t lean.” She had to adjust that stick a little bit.

We’re also closing in on regionals, with most teams two meets and a conference championship away from finalizing RQS, so it’s worth looking at how the regional placements would pan out if the season ended today. And by worth it, I mean fun. For me.

Just to review, regional placements are made using a traditional No Damn Sense seeding process, whereby seeds 1/12/13 go together, as do 2/11/14, 3/10/15, 4/9/16, 5/8/17, and 6/7/18. The 19-36 teams are then placed into pots of 8 and allocated by region as much as possible (usually not very possible). With two teams advancing from each regional, that means the top seed receives the most difficult challenger (#13), and the 6th/7th seeds receive the easiest challenger (#18), often making #6 and #7 the ideal ranking places at which to finish the season. Why yes, that is stupid. Welcome. You’ll like it here.

The regional hosts this year are Georgia, Utah, Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa, which means if we placed teams in their normal seeding spots right now, we would have host conflicts with Alabama and Georgia ending up in the same one, and Michigan and Iowa ending up in the same one. When that happens, the placements are adjusted slightly, usually one spot, to avoid the conflict, so I’ve done that in the prospective placement below, flip-flopping Georgia with Boise State and Iowa with Stanford, which is the path of least resistance to get everything to work out. This will obviously change in the coming weeks, but it’s a sense of how things could look. There are some juicy matchup possibilities to get excited about.    

Regional 1: [1] Oklahoma, [12] Cal, [13] Denver, (Minnesota host)
Regional 2: [2] Florida, [10] Georgia (host), [14] Missouri
Regional 3: [3] Alabama (host), [11] Boise State, [15] Nebraska
Regional 4: [4] LSU, [9] Arkansas, [17] Iowa (host)
Regional 5: [5] Michigan (host), [8] Auburn, [16] Stanford
Regional 6: [6] Utah (host), [7] UCLA, [18] Arizona

Note that Oregon State currently sits at #20. Imagine if Utah, UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon State all got the same regional. Pac-12 bloodbath.

Week 8 rankings
1. Oklahoma – 197.705

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.925
Road Score 2: 197.675
Road Score 3: 197.550
Road/Home Score 1: 198.075
Road/Home Score 2: 197.900
Road/Home Score 3: 197.475

Oklahoma broke 198 and recorded another season high over the weekend on the quest to beat last season’s program-record 197.895 RQS. Still a few mid-197s to drop to make that happen. The Sooners did lose the #1 vault ranking to LSU this week, and while still great, that is an area where the landings will need to come into line as we get closer to things mattering. Even in this week’s 198, it was a hop-fest until Ali Jackson saved the earth with her stuck 1.5. We also saw a huge discrepancy in Oklahoma’s floor scores at home this week compared to away at Georgia last week. Now, the performance was also clearly better this week, but the postseason truth is going to be somewhere in between. It will be interesting to watch those floor scores @ UCLA in a couple weeks, because it’s an away meet but also one known for getting a little fancy with the floor scores. It still should let us know how much of a 9.9 fest that floor rotation could be in April.

2. Florida – 197.440

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.075
Road Score 3: 196.825
Road/Home Score 1: 198.175
Road/Home Score 2: 197.875
Road/Home Score 3: 197.675

Florida will view losing to LSU at home as distinctly not cool in spite of the glitter-factory of 9.9s, largely a function of Sloan having another bad meet with a fall on beam and an OOB on floor. She has been through patches like this in her NCAA career before, two seasons ago suffering a streak of beam misses in the postseason until she put up probably her best ever in Super Six. If Sloan hits 4-for-4 last Friday, Florida wins that meet and passes 198 in the process. The positive development was the introduction of McMurtry on floor, silly score notwithstanding. Floor had been the biggest question for the Gators, and if she’s able to go consistently when it matters, that lineup becomes much more competitive and much less at the mercy of the depth monster.

3. Alabama – 197.325

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.300
Road Score 3: 197.250
Road/Home Score 1: 197.550
Road/Home Score 2: 197.375
Road/Home Score 3: 197.175

197.550 is the highest score of the season so far for Alabama, in spite of the performance honestly being just OK. That’s an encouraging sign for the team’s ultimate scoring potential, though when we balance some heavy senior-night scoring like for Beers (particularly on floor) with a beam rotation far below the team’s capability, the score ends up being pretty representative of where Alabama is right now. There’s just one meet left before SECs, so we’re getting to now-or-never in terms of who’s actually in these lineups. How many events is Winston doing/able to do? She probably should be AAing. Alabama’s scores are very tightly bunched, so there’s no chance to pass Florida at the moment, but given the stupidity of the placement system, who even cares really?

Also note that Kiana Winston did two events and got 9.975 on both. Lauren Beers did two events and got 10.000 and 9.975.

4. LSU – 197.150

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.900
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.750
Road/Home Score 1: 197.825
Road/Home Score 2: 197.425
Road/Home Score 3: 196.950

LSU needed a big road score this week, and boy did that happen with a 197.900. Oh, going to Florida. The Tigers picked up two full points in RQS total (so 0.400 in RQS average), skyrocketing to a much more appropriate ranking for their quality. This team certainly should be breaking 197 every meet now, so we can expect a continued RQS ascent as these 196s are dropped. It will be tough for LSU to pass Alabama this week, but it is possible. Encouragingly, beam is starting to pull itself together and look how LSU beam is supposed to look in 2016, while in spite of scoring close to a season-high on bars, the lack of easy 9.9s there remains the primary sticking point.

5. Michigan – 197.065

RQS:
Road Score 1: 197.275
Road Score 2: 196.975
Road Score 3: 196.900
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 197.225
Road/Home Score 3:196.950

Michigan drops a place this week but maintains relative pace after recording a crucial road high at Oklahoma. It was not an ideal performance, with Artz having a meh by her standards and beam looking tight, tight, tight following last week’s meltdown (but five hits are five hits). Michigan is still theoretically capable of passing LSU this coming weekend with a season high, but LSU’s bold scores are significantly higher than Michigan’s so finishing the regular season higher than 5th looks unlikely at this point. But at this point in the season, 197.275 for a 7/10 meet is where Michigan should be.

6. Utah – 197.020

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.150
Road Score 2: 197.075
Road Score 3: 197.025
Road/Home Score 1: 197.150
Road/Home Score 2: 197.125
Road/Home Score 3: 196.725

Five straight weeks scoring between 197.025 and 197.150. Consistency! Utah will be in the race to pass Michigan following this Friday’s meeting between the two teams, but because the Utes’ scores are also tightly bunched, it will be difficult to move higher before regionals unless the scores really start exploding immediately. Being relatively undermanned at Cal over the weekend, Utah will take that performance, but it was still a little too one-9.9-per-event to make the Utes look like a sure Super Six team. Utah needs a breakout score, and I think most of us are expecting that meet to be March 12th at home against Georgia.

7. UCLA – 196.825

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.925
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.675
Road/Home Score 1: 197.475
Road/Home Score 2: 197.100
Road/Home Score 3: 196.625

UCLA has fallen into a 196.6 rut, scores that aren’t going to threaten anyone. Given the lineups this weekend, without the use of Francis, Peng, and Cipra, and with Ohashi on just one event, an average score had to be expected. It was like Depth Exploration Episode II and is therefore not a great indicator of where the team really is, though it did serve to illuminate that the vault lineup is Code Blue. It’s not like there were auto-9.9s resting this week who are going to bring the score up. We should still expect much better at next week’s tri-meet against Georgia and Stanford, though the Bruins will not be able to move up any higher in the rankings, now suddenly having to worry about Auburn as well.  

8. Auburn – 196.720

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.125
Road Score 2: 196.825
Road Score 3: 196.175
Road/Home Score 1: 197.275
Road/Home Score 2: 197.200
Road/Home Score 3: 196.275

The second Engler and Phillips got injured, Auburn turned good. Sorry, ladies. The team is still not reaching the level of last year’s squad, particularly with a beam rotation that’s devastatingly Walker-less and a vault rotation without depth or margin for error (Abby Milliet time?), but at this point the Tigers are once again setting themselves up as the most realistic spoiler choice if one of the big names has a meltdown. With a 196.175 road score still to get rid of, and heading to Georgia this Friday, Auburn can increase RQS pretty significantly and will be looking at UCLA like Sylvester at Tweety.

9. Arkansas – 196.460

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 196.150
Road/Home Score 1: 197.225
Road/Home Score 2: 196.700
Road/Home Score 3: 196.600

Arkansas broke the all-important 197 barrier at home over the weekend when Wellick finally started getting her 9.9s, as did everyone else. Suddenly. Look how that worked out. The Razorbacks head to Missouri this weekend, so there’s every reason to expect another big score given what we’ve seen so far this year. The margin between Arkansas and Auburn is too great to overcome in one week, but to have any chance, one of those 196.150s needs to be obliterated by a point. Auburn is starting to pull away in the race for the evening session at SECs, but it’s not quite over yet.

10. Georgia – 196.375

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.775
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 195.675
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.750
Road/Home Score 3: 196.400 

The worst part is that the Gymdogs counted falls on both bars and beam to score a 195.675 this weekend, and their RQS went up. Because that was still better than the score they were previously counting. I’m hoping we can ignore the bars issue as a one-off thing. Rogers does have a high-risk routine, so falls will happen occasionally, but Vaculik’s mistake was weird, and I wouldn’t expect it to be repeated. On beam, there’s nothing new to say. Falls, fall, falls. Falls that overshadow the fact that progress is being made, with Babalis and Rogers both showing their best beam routines of the season. But there’s no consistency in progress or performance, so do we expect Babalis and Rogers to continue on that path this next week? Not at all.

It’s a huge weekend for Georgia, home against Auburn on Friday and then away to UCLA on Sunday, because why are you doing that to yourselves? Extra meets give Georgia more chances to break the cycle, but if they can’t emerge from this weekend as the 197 team we saw that glimpse of once, will it ever happen?

11. Boise State – 196.330

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.425
Road Score 2: 196.425
Road Score 3: 196.400
Road/Home Score 1: 196.300
Road/Home Score 2: 196.275
Road/Home Score 3: 196.250

If you count a fall at regionals, Boise State will beat you.

12. Cal – 196.235

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.900
Road Score 2: 195.650
Road Score 3: 195.575
Road/Home Score 1: 196.825
Road/Home Score 2: 196.750
Road/Home Score 3: 196.375

These are some serious scores, and this is the most evenly competitive team Cal has ever put together. My biggest takeaway from the meet against Utah was the absence of any weak links. No one is filling out lineups with a 9.725 that everyone wants to drop. Cal’s postseason viability, however, will be determined by the final two meets before regionals, away at Sac State and then Pac-12 champs, both because of the need to drop those 195s to maintain this relative ranking position and because of the need to prove that these high 196s with 9.800-9.825 base scores aren’t just a home thing or a “compared to Arizona State” thing.

Do we know what’s going to happen with Toni-Ann and the test event if Cal actually makes nationals?

13. Denver – 196.210

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.125
Road Score 3: 196.000
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.675

Road/Home Score 3: 195.900

197.525. Yeah. I know. And that wasn’t even senior night. Places your bets on how many 10s Nina McGee gets on Friday.

14. Missouri – 196.185

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.625
Road Score 2: 196.050
Road Score 3: 195.825
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.625
Road/Home Score 3: 195.800

15. Nebraska – 196.070

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 196.775
Road/Home Score 2: 196.400
Road/Home Score 3: 196.100

Lo, we arrive at the most interesting portion of the rankings right now. It’s always fun to watch how things play out at the top, but whether a team finishes #3 or #5 doesn’t really matter all the much. What matters the most when it comes to regionals is where the likes of Nebraska and Stanford finish and who gets stuck with them. It’s no longer a sure thing that they’ll move up, meaning we’re going to have a lot of nervous #2 teams as we get down to it. 

Nebraska went full Nebraska and had just seven gymnasts over the weekend, one again using just five on vault and floor. There are some big potential scores on this team from Blanske, Williams, Lambert when she’s healthy (never), and now Breen who has emerged as a vital AAer this season. Right now, the lack of depth of scores makes it hard to pick Nebraska to make regionals, but get Lambert back on vault and floor and get Laeng back from her elbow injury at just the right time, and this becomes a 197 team.

16. Stanford – 196.045

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.650
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.875
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.875
Road/Home Score 3: 195.750

Stanford dropped spots because this week’s meet is not until tonight, but unless tonight is a big score and ushers in a conversion to Postseason Stanford, two good teams are going to get stuck with Stanford at a regional.

17. Iowa – 195.980

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.275
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 196.075
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 194.900

Iowa heads to Iowa State on Friday, and with a season high, would be able to drop that 194.900 like no one’s business to reach an RQS of 196.330. That’s where Boise State currently sits in 11th. This year’s mid-196 threats are many and frequent.

18. Arizona – 195.895

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.375
Road Score 2: 196.000
Road Score 3: 194.850
Road/Home Score 1: 196.475
Road/Home Score 2: 196.150

Road/Home Score 3: 196.100

The race for the evening session at Pac-12s is suddenly a thing, with Arizona finally dropping some nasty road scores and temporarily jumping ahead of Oregon State. Like Iowa, Arizona still has a nasty score to get rid of, so we could see another jump, perhaps even to challenge Stanford if things don’t go well tonight. Stanford/Oregon State tonight has serious Pac-12 Champs implications.

19. Minnesota – 195.850

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.525
Road/Home Score 1: 196.200
Road/Home Score 2: 195.775
Road/Home Score 3: 195.675

20. Oregon State – 195.840

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.225
Road Score 3: 195.325
Road/Home Score 1: 196.850
Road/Home Score 2: 195.875
Road/Home Score 3: 195.425

With an extra meet left, tonight’s performance for Oregon State is not quite as urgent as it is for Stanford, but it’s about to be March, and those are still three 195s, and this ranking is still #20.

21. George Washington – 195.765

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.750
Road/Home Score 1: 196.600
Road/Home Score 2: 195.425
Road/Home Score 3: 195.400

George Washington is coming off a two-meet weekend that went 1-for-2. Counting an 8.9 on bars took away the score on Friday, but then GWU came home on Sunday and learned what it feels like to experience the warm glowing glow of attention and mid-196s.

22. Illinois – 195.710

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 195.875
Road Score 3: 195.725
Road/Home Score 1: 196.525
Road/Home Score 2: 195.500
Road/Home Score 3: 195.150

It’s getting better. Three highest scores of the season in the last three meets, but it may be too late to save the ranking.

23. Kentucky – 195.670

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 195.800
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1:196.050
Road/Home Score 2: 195.525
Road/Home Score 3: 195.175
 
24. Eastern Michigan – 195.635

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.800
Road/Home Score 1: 195.750
Road/Home Score 2: 195.600
Road/Home Score 3: 195.050

25. West Virginia – 195.540

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.225
Road Score 2: 195.250
Road Score 3: 195.250
Road/Home Score 1: 195.800
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.600

Week 7 Rankings + RQS Update

RQS has officially taken over, which means the rankings look quite different than they did last week when they were based on average, but not too different from what we saw in last week’s RQS primer. Florida got a vital away score, LSU is ranked artificially low because of a nasty away score that’s still hanging around, and a number of teams bumped up their RQS totals by dropping ugly scores yet didn’t quite get the boost they would have hoped. Enjoy!

Also, I go on a little mid-ranking rant about hypersensitivity! So that’s fun. Enjoy turning on me. 

Ashleigh Gnat got a 10 on floor this week, adding to her nation-leading total of three. Other than that, it was once again a week of 9.975s, with Winston and Brannan going back-to-back for Alabama on bars, Sloan getting one on floor, and Stover reaching the mark on beam. Among others?

Also, Kyla retired from elite today. So that’s suddenly big news. I should probably have something to say about that. It sounds like the smart decision since Rio was looking less and less and less likely with the passing months. Now, she’ll avoid putting her body through the ringer of a Trials process and heal up as much as possible for a UCLA team that desperately needs someone without a case of elite-injured-forever. 

Week 7 rankings
1. Oklahoma – 197.595

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.925
Road Score 2: 197.675
Road Score 3: 197.550
Road/Home Score 1: 197.900
Road/Home Score 2: 197.475
Road/Home Score 3: 197.375

The Sooners scores a relatively paltry 197.375 at Georgia over the weekend. Slackers. That counts as bad for Oklahoma, a result of a couple missed vault landings and suddenly strictly judged floor routines. You can certainly justify the scores that were given to those floor performances, but the argument that those scores were out of step with the rest of the meet and the general looseness of floor scoring this season is a valid one. The consequence of that garbage shame of a 197.375 is that what used to be a nearly 0.500 RQS advantage over Florida has shrunk to just about 0.250. It’s still comfortable, but no longer dominant, and Florida will view the #1 ranking as much more attainable now.

2. Florida – 197.355

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.750
Road Score 2: 197.075
Road Score 3: 196.825
Road/Home Score 1: 198.175
Road/Home Score 2: 197.675
Road/Home Score 3: 197.450

Much of last week, I spoke about how important it was for Florida to get a huge away score over the weekend to close that gap with Oklahoma, and that’s exactly what Florida did. Now, we’ll all just acknowledge the fact that Bridget Sloan had two landing hops on floor and the judges just threw roses at her and shouted, “Encore! Bravissima!” instead of taking deductions, and the questions about Florida’s ability to keep pace on floor remain. Still, 197.750. No slouch of a score. Mission #1 accomplished, but Florida will still need to replicate that performance in the two remaining road meets in order to have a shot at #1 and drop the distinctly un-Florida score still in the RQS picture.

3. Alabama – 197.195

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.300
Road Score 3: 197.250
Road/Home Score 1: 197.375
Road/Home Score 2: 197.175
Road/Home Score 3: 196.875

Alabama had an RQS lead on Florida going into the week and had a real shot at #2 but was not able to gain as much after getting stuck on the 9.850s for three events, though a huge bars score lifted the total up to 197.300, a respectable enough total and one that keeps Alabama squarely in the hunt for a finish somewhere 3-5. Counting two 197.3s, however, will make it harder to move up any higher than 3rd given what Oklahoma and Florida are counting so far. Right now, I would classify Alabama as the deepest team in NCAA, but the difference between qualifying to Super Six and challenging for the title will be decided by whether this is just a team with a billion 9.850 options or a team with a billion 9.850 options, from which emerge 12+ 9.9 options.

4. Michigan – 196.920

RQS:
Road Score 1: 196.975
Road Score 2: 196.900
Road Score 3: 196.550
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 197.225
Road/Home Score 3:196.950

The Michigan beam disaster. Is it 2012 already? PTSD flashbacks. This score will be dropped and is best forgotten forever. My motto about beam is that disasters aren’t something to worry about until they happen twice. This is the second time, so gentle concern might be arising. But no more than that yet. It was a bit troubling, though, that the errors did compound themselves. The back of the lineup appeared to lose composure after the early mistakes, ending is uncharacteristically weak showings from Artz and Chiarelli, who should be the bam-bam, confident 9.9s at the back of the lineup who save the total even in tense circumstances. 

With the dropped score, Michigan’s RQS stays the same, which makes the total a little more vulnerable to the likes of LSU, Utah, and UCLA. Still, both bold scores are perfectly fine right now, and with three road meets remaining, there’s time to get a few more. Michigan’s scores are tightly packed enough that even with a season high next weekend at Oklahoma, they have no chance to move up any higher than 4th. The mission will be holding off the challenging hordes.

5. Utah – 196.850

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.150
Road Score 2: 197.075
Road Score 3: 196.725
Road/Home Score 1: 197.150
Road/Home Score 2: 197.125
Road/Home Score 3: 196.175

Utah will be relatively happy with the performance at Stanford, one that was largely steady if marked by a few more missed dismounts on bars and checks on beam, but will not be particularly happy with the total. The big 197.5s that it takes to challenge the top remain out of reach. Still, Utah has that 196.1 hanging around the RQS picture, and we can expect that score to be eradicated next week barring disaster, which puts the team in contention to catch Michigan even with another normal, medium performance.

The Utes also got in a tiny morsel of fake internet trouble over the weekend by tweeting something along the lines of “three people go to Stanford’s meets, and a million people go to our meets. Neener-neener-neener.” I paraphrase. It was basically that. Apparently, this was shocking and offensive to people because of the wild hypersensitivity of college gymnastics. Was it kind of snarky and ignoble? Yeah. And that’s fine. That’s good. A little trash talk between teams/fans is healthy. It’s hardly harsh or mean-spirited. There’s nothing wrong with some G-rated rivalry and animosity to throw a spark into proceedings. This is a sport of adults after all, not a little girl dance recital presentation where everyone is happy for everyone, hard as some might try to make it that way. But of course, this is college gymnastics, so anything exhibiting a shred of personality, honesty, or the acknowledgment that this is actually a competition among passionate athletes who are in no way required to be supportive best friends must be removed immediately.

It’s like when Stanford went to Oklahoma a few years ago and then had a minor twitter rant about the insane scoring, then had to delete it and apologize because heaven forbid someone say something publicly that isn’t entirely positive. Or when Taylor Rice came on Gymcastic with us and then got in trouble for having a personality and giving honest impressions about the crazy scores. Breaking news: this is all fine. Have an opinion. Care. Create rivalries. Talk trash. Snark. Disagree. Be excited. Be salty. Cheer. Boo. Raise a hullabaloo. Root for outcomes, not just for everyone to hit/have a good time. Otherwise, how can you expect anyone to treat this like a real sport? Positivity is not exclusively a virtue and negativity is not exclusively a vice. If you’re an LSU fan, rooting for Florida to fall on beam or trip while doing a Gator chomp is not mean-spirited and not something to be ashamed of. It’s just sports. Inherent in wanting your team to succeed is wanting other teams to fail, and gymnastics needs to stop pretending that’s not true and stop pretending that it’s something inappropriate, unattractive, or shameful. It just is. Not everyone needs to come away from everything feeling great and supported all the time.

If the Sophina viral incident taught us anything, it’s that gymnastics makes waves when it loosens up and shows a side that isn’t in line with the prim and reserved reputation it has. So loosen up.  

6. UCLA – 196.810

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.925
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 196.675
Road/Home Score 1: 197.475
Road/Home Score 2: 197.100
Road/Home Score 3: 196.550

Great, now am I going to have to have a rant about every team?

UCLA’s RQS zooms up this week because the Bruins were able to drop an ugly 195, but they would have hoped for a higher score this weekend that a 196.675. Big results on beam and floor helped save the meet, but lackluster landings on the first two events kept the total out of the much-needed 197-road-score territory. 196.675 is OK, but with just one road meet left, UCLA is already guaranteed to count two scores in the 196s, making the current #6 position somewhat precarious if these lower-ranked SEC teams go on scoring tears.

7. LSU – 196.750

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.800
Road Score 2: 196.750
Road Score 3: 195.825
Road/Home Score 1: 197.825
Road/Home Score 2: 197.425
Road/Home Score 3: 196.950

LSU finally broke though over the weekend for a massive 197.825 that we all knew was coming sooner or later. LSU should be ranked about 4th right now, but that nasty result from the Las Vegas meet is still hanging around, pulling the team down for the moment. Next weekend, LSU goes to Florida. Both teams basically have already scored a 198 in that meet, so expect LSU to jump up and challenge for a spot in the top 4 with another hit meet. With three road meets remaining, there’s still time to LSU to get rid of all of those 196s, so the RQS outlook is pretty strong.

8. Auburn – 196.495

RQS
Road Score 1: 197.125
Road Score 2: 196.825
Road Score 3: 196.175
Road/Home Score 1: 197.275
Road/Home Score 2: 196.275
Road/Home Score 3: 196.075

A gap is forming between the top 7 and the rest, but the gap is not necessarily permanent. Auburn suddenly turned into a different team three weeks ago, and if these 197s continue, Auburn has a solid chance to go higher, with bold scores better than what both Utah and UCLA are guaranteed to count so far. The Tigers have two home meets, a Georgia meet, and the SEC Champs remaining on the schedule, so the potential for 3-4 more big scores is certainly there.

9. Arkansas – 196.315

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 196.150
Road/Home Score 1: 196.700
Road/Home Score 2: 196.600
Road/Home Score 3: 195.975

Arkansas keeps plugging away with those low 196s. Coming off another even but not overwhelming result against Maryland, Arkansas appears unlikely to challenge for a ranking position higher than #9 but also appears like a better and better bet to hold onto a coveted top-12 spot. We’ve seen teams ranked throughout the teens put up high 196s as well, but they’re also throwing in stinkers that Arkansas isn’t, making them much more vulnerable.
 
10. Georgia – 196.310

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.775
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.750
Road/Home Score 3: 196.400

The Georgia Narrative Game is my favorite game in college gymnastics this season. Ostensibly, this isn’t a good week for the Georgia narrative, stepping right back to early February with a loss and counting a beam fall. Then again, the team total was a still-useful 196.750, the team’s third-highest of the season, and the only scored guaranteed to count right now is that excellent 197.5. That’s not to pretend that things are rosy for Georgia right now. How much confidence do we really have that this team can hit a postseason beam rotation? But, with five meets remaining and a 195 that should be no trouble to eliminate, Georgia is more than alive for a final ranking much higher than #10. Next weekend’s meet is away at Alabama. The original rivalry. With Georgia once again under big beam pressure. Yes, please.

11. Boise State – 196.185

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.425
Road Score 2: 196.400
Road Score 3: 196.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.300
Road/Home Score 2: 196.250
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

Boise State recorded its fifth-straight 196 over the weekend and is clearly playing the steady game as well as another other team in NCAA right now. The Broncos (Broncos, right?) are in a similar, though less secure, position to Arkansas in that they’re putting up solid numbers but are somewhat at the mercy of teams with higher ceilings that may or may not get their acts together. There are plenty of teams able to knock Boise State down, but they aren’t necessarily going to because of the sheer number of sightings of the 195 monster. Either way, this Boise State team is setting itself up as a solid spoiler reminiscent of that 2011 team.

12. Stanford – 196.045

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.650
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.875
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.875
Road/Home Score 3: 195.750

Stanford was able to stay afloat over the weekend by dropping a 194.800, but the 195.875 was far from the score the team would have wanted from a must-hit meet. Stanford counted a bars fall, which is bad for any team but even worse for a Stanford roster that heavily relies on big bars and beam scores. Now, with three meets left, Stanford is guaranteed already to count a low 196. It’s not the end of the world, but it increases the pressure on the remaining three scores all to be excellent and ensures that the teams in adjacent ranking positions smell blood. Stanford can certainly still Stanford and suddenly throw out Ivana Hong in the AA at regionals and be all perfect, but every 195 makes a #3 seeding look more and more possible.  

13. Denver – 196.005

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.125
Road Score 3: 196.000
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.900
Road/Home Score 3: 195.650

Denver’s 196.350 from Saturday doesn’t necessarily stand out, but it’s the team’s highest away score of the season and was accomplished while counting a 9.625 from NINA MCGEE for an OOB floor routine, a score that they’d almost always be able to count on for three tenths more than that. At this point, Denver’s outlook is quite similar to Stanford’s, which is impressive for a school without nearly the same expectations or pedigree, and while the top 10 will be out of reach, making some serious ranking noise remains a realistic proposition with five meets still remaining, compared to most teams with three or four.

14. Nebraska – 195.955

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 196.775
Road/Home Score 2: 196.100
Road/Home Score 3: 195.825

You’re killing me, Nebraska. The Huskers lost to NC State over the weekend, scoring a low 195 after Jennie Laeng got an 8.5 on bars and then scratched the rest of the meet. That meant Nebraska had to pull a Nebraska and put up just five on vault and floor, resulting in a counted floor fall. Having only five available to go on floor, even after a fall when the team desperately needed an extra hit, is particularly troubling because Nebraska looked to have more depth on floor this year with gymnasts like Orel and Schweihofer contributing helpful routines, but suddenly both of those routines were MIA. Dear. Similar to Stanford, counting low 196 road scores is not ideal for a team with Nebraska’s expectations and puts the team in a vulnerable positions with just one road meet remaining, with the added problem of a super-low road score that must be removed to have any realistic shot at avoiding an unfortunate regional placement.

14. Cal – 195.955

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.900
Road Score 2: 195.650
Road Score 3: 195.575
Road/Home Score 1: 196.825
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 195.350

The tale of two teams this year. One minute, Cal is all WE’RE THE BEST, and the next minute they’re all 195.300. The two bold scores are excellent, but that’s only worth so much with 195s still on the record. Nonetheless, Cal Regional Upset Watch is probably more realistic this year than it has ever been in the past. 

16. Missouri – 195.900

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.050
Road Score 2: 195.825
Road Score 3: 195.200
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.625
Road/Home Score 3: 195.800

Missouri is ranked at #16 on the strength of big home scores, the most recent earned during a meet with undeniably fancy scoring for both teams. If Missouri is going to prove a true upset threat, those mid-196 scores must be reached on the road as well. If they can be, then all these teams ranked in the teens are vulnerable to be passed because bold 196.6s make any team formidable. 

17. Oregon State – 195.840

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.225
Road Score 3: 195.325
Road/Home Score 1: 196.850
Road/Home Score 2: 195.875
Road/Home Score 3: 195.425

Oregon State has no business being ranked 17th. It’s cause for concern, especially with two very low 195s still hanging around. The team has work to do, but the big home score against Cal is a step closer to what we expect from the team. In spite of being all the way down in the peasant parts of the rankings, the Beavs are still in the fight for a non-terrifying regional placement, but only if all these 195s go away, which means three big hits with complete lineups of 9.850s over the next four meets. At the very least. OSU has definitely left it to the last minute. How very Stanford of them.

18. Iowa – 195.710

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.275
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 194.900
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 194.725

Iowa had been nailing meets for a whole month of 196s, but everything finally came crashing down over the weekend in a meet made entirely out of falls. So, while Iowa does jump up the rankings now that RQS in in play, this was a missed opportunity to go even higher. Interestingly, Iowa has no 195s this year. It’s either 196 or 194. With two more 196s, this becomes another legitimately competitive team to challenge for the 1-12-13 regional, but which team is going to show up in the next four meets? The 196 team or the 194 team?

19. Minnesota – 195.695

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.525
Road/Home Score 1: 195.775
Road/Home Score 2: 195.675
Road/Home Score 3: 195.425

20. George Washington – 195.520

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.750
Road/Home Score 1: 195.425
Road/Home Score 2: 195.400
Road/Home Score 3: 194.950

21. Eastern Michigan – 195.485

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.050
Road/Home Score 1: 195.750
Road/Home Score 2: 195.600
Road/Home Score 3: 195.050

22. Kentucky – 195.480

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.800
Road Score 2: 195.800
Road Score 3: 195.525
Road/Home Score 1:196.050
Road/Home Score 2: 195.175
Road/Home Score 3: 195.100

23. West Virginia – 195.420

RQS
Road Score 1: 195.250
Road Score 2: 195.250
Road Score 3: 195.200
Road/Home Score 1: 195.800
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.600

24. Illinois – 195.315

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 195.725
Road Score 3: 195.500
Road/Home Score 1: 195.150
Road/Home Score 2: 195.125
Road/Home Score 3: 195.075

25. Arizona – 195.235

RQS
Road Score 1: 196.000
Road Score 2: 194.850
Road Score 3: 193.475
Road/Home Score 1: 196.475
Road/Home Score 2: 196.150
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

*Note that Southern Utah does not currently have enough road meets to have an RQS and so temporarily drops off the rankings.

Week 6 Rankings + RQS Outlook

Now that we’ve reached the point in the season during which the top teams get all boring and start hitting their routines and getting good scores and giving us nothing fun to talk about (I mean, Georgia hit beam this week…so inconsiderate), let’s switch gears and get a little numerical.

But really, we didn’t even get a 10 this week! Just a bunch of 9.975s thrown out to people for silly reasons like being internet famous, going last on floor, or being Elizabeth Price and deserving it.  

We’re still one week away from RQS kicking in. At least, that’s when it usually kicks in. Road to Nationals doesn’t have that information anywhere that I’ve seen. Troester used to have a little note about when rankings switch over to RQS, but anyway, it’s usually for next Monday’s rankings.

For the moment, I’ve put together each team’s RQS outlook to give a sense of what the true rankings will be once we switch over and what kinds of scores teams need to get in order to avoid falling precipitously into the depths of 195s.

Refresher: RQS stands for Regional Qualifying Score. It determines which 36 teams will advance to the Regional Championships and is calculated by taking a team’s top six scores, of which at least three must be road scores, removing the highest score, and averaging the remaining five.

Week 6 rankings
1. Oklahoma – 197.428

Current RQS: 197.545
Road Score 1: 197.925
Road Score 2: 197.675
Road Score 3: 197.550
Road/Home Score 1: 197.900
Road/Home Score 2: 197.475
Road/Home Score 3: 197.125

*Scores in bold are guaranteed to be part of the final 6 RQS scores with not enough meets remaining to eliminate them. 

The Sooners are running away with RQS right now, over four tenths ahead of any other team and already in a very comfortable position with well over a month of meets and detail perfecting left. They’ll expect to drop the pitiful little 197.1 and probably that 197.4 as well over the next five meets to rise even higher and challenge the school-record RQS of 197.895 from last season. That’s level with Florida’s mark from 2014 as the second-best ever, and while UCLA’s 2004 record RQS of 198.055 is probably out of reach, you never know.

2. Florida – 197.258

Current RQS: 197.075
Road Score 1: 197.075
Road Score 2: 196.825
Road Score 3: 196.350
Road/Home Score 1: 198.175
Road/Home Score 2: 197.675
Road/Home Score 3: 197.450

Try to contain your shock. Florida’s home scores are much stronger than the road scores. WHAAAAAT????? Those road scores will need a little emotional help if Florida has a hope to challenge Oklahoma, or even stay in second position. The Gators have just three road meets remaining and would ideally like to get rid of all three of those current road scores. Sure, the regular-season #1 is a purely symbolic title and doesn’t matter, but if Florida is going to have a realistic shot at that symbolic title, the meet this coming weekend at Missouri needs to be a 197.5+.

3. Michigan – 196.993

Current RQS: 196.920
Road Score 1: 196.975
Road Score 2: 196.900
Road Score 3: 196.550
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 197.225
Road/Home Score 3:196.950

Michigan has among the solidest sets of six scores, without the terror of a hideously low score that needs dropping. On the flip side, that impedes any chance to move up dramatically with a single giant number, though more of those mid 197s would put Michigan on track to challenge what Florida and Alabama currently have. That 196.5 is the lone runt, and this coming weekend at Southern Utah, the Wolverines will have a chance to drop it and move as high as 197.095 with a season-high score. Still, they currently have the fourth-highest RQS because of all those 196.9s, and staying at fourth would be an excellent regular-season accomplishment that they would have taken in a millisecond if offered it before the start of the season.

4. Alabama – 196.959

Current RQS: 197.090
Road Score 1: 197.525
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 196.875
Road/Home Score 1: 197.375
Road/Home Score 2: 197.175
Road/Home Score 3: 196.775

The big news here is that if RQS were currently in place, Alabama would be ranked #2 despite a season of losing to weaker SEC teams. Those two early-season low 196s are bringing down the average a bit, but once they’re dropped, Alabama’s scores look healthy and competitive. With just four meets left, the Tide doesn’t have as many opportunities to drop scores, but at this point they’re not forced to count anything untoward and are outpacing Florida because of stronger road scores. And we can only expect improvement in the scores from here. 

5. Utah – 196.729

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 197.075
Road Score 2: 196.725
Road Score 3: N/A
Road/Home Score 1: 197.150
Road/Home Score 2: 197.125
Road/Home Score 3: 196.175

Utah has just two road meets on its resume so far, so we’ll have to wait until after this weekend to see where things stand. With four road meets remaining, there’s plenty of time left to get valuable numbers. That low 196.1 home score is bringing things down for the moment but will surely be dropped in due course. The real issue making Utah vulnerable to dropping down to a #2 regional seed is a lack of high, high scores. These are healthy scores, but not yet huge scores, with even a couple charitably scored home meets so far featuring a dud rotation that keeps the total lower.

6. LSU – 196.721

Current RQS: 196.580
Road Score 1: 196.800
Road Score 2: 196.750
Road Score 3: 195.825
Road/Home Score 1: 197.425
Road/Home Score 2: 196.950
Road/Home Score 3: 196.575

LSU should be higher than 6th based on talent, and that 195 road score renders the current RQS total artificially low. Once LSU heads to Florida on February 26 and can get rid of that score, the ranking will skyrocket. Still, LSU is in a similar position to Florida of lacking any truly huge road scores so far and feeling a bit of urgency in that department with just three road meets remaining. They’ll need a series of 197s to have any chance to challenge Oklahoma/Florida/Alabama.

7. UCLA – 196.671

Current RQS: 196.510
Road Score 1: 196.925
Road Score 2: 196.800
Road Score 3: 195.175
Road/Home Score 1: 197.475
Road/Home Score 2: 197.100
Road/Home Score 3: 196.550

The problem for the Bruins is having just two road meets remaining. They’re already forced to use that 196.9 road score, which is fine, but they’re the only team in the top eight that currently has a bold score in the 196s. The positive sign is that the home scores look healthy, and the RQS total should go way, way, way up once that nasty 195.1 is gone. UCLA heads to Washington on Sunday, and as long as we don’t see a patented mid-February road depth exploration, the RQS total will rise into the high 196s and could verge on 197 with a season-high score. The lack of road meets does inject a little more urgency into this meet to make sure that challenging Utah and LSU remains a realistic proposition, which it does at this point.

8. Auburn – 196.357

Current RQS: 196.265
Road Score 1: 196.825
Road Score 2: 196.175
Road Score 3: 196.075
Road/Home Score 1: 197.275
Road/Home Score 2: 196.275
Road/Home Score 3: 195.975

Auburn broke the world and the smiling muscles of everyone on the team with last weekend’s historic win over Alabama for the first time in the last 196 million tries. The team is currently a notch behind the top 7 because of a slow start and those early-season low scores. Competitiveness will hinge on their ability to drop three or four of those currently counting scores before the end of the season because it will be extremely difficulty to get any higher than 8th while counting 196.1s. They’d be fine with finishing 8th. The real task will be dropping those low 196s to fend off the likes of Georgia and Stanford and avoid falling into that dreaded 10th-12th zone, the teams who have the face the most dangerous #3 seeds at regionals.

9. Boise State – 196.210

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 196.425
Road Score 2: 196.400
Road Score 3: 196.275
Road/Home Score 1: 196.250
Road/Home Score 2: 195.700
Road/Home Score 3: N/A

Boise State hasn’t had a home meet yet because schools just LOVE their gymnastics teams and give them all the opportunities in the world to use venues. One of the surprises of the season so far has been BSU’s consistently competitive 196s over the last month, avoiding counting major errors and leapfrogging all the teams having messes. The question will be whether these scores can stand up and earn Boise State a huge upset of a top-12 spot once the three teams ranked just behind start dropping the low scores they’re currently counting.

10. Georgia – 196.182

Current RQS: 196.097
Road Score 1: 196.775
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 195.350
Road/Home Score 1: 197.525
Road/Home Score 2: 196.400
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

Georgia overcame a big hurdle at just the right time by HITTING SIX BEAM ROUTINES over the weekend and scoring a wildly necessary 197.5 to take these scores off life support. Georgia has six more meets remaining, including four on the road, so there’s still plenty of time to populate the RQS picture with better scores as long as the most recent showing was a sign of things to come. Expect Georgia to move up steadily each week as those 195s come off, but with really just two scores that they’d be OK keeping (that 197 and the one road 196.775), there’s no time for a relapse. Everything has to be fixed by now to get to top 8. Georgia has no business finishing the regular season outside the top 8. 

11. Arkansas – 196.168

Current RQS: 196.265
Road Score 1: 196.700
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 195.975
Road/Home Score 1: 196.700

Road/Home Score 2: 196.600
Road/Home Score 3: 195.900

Consistency is serving Arkansas well, resulting in an identical RQS to Auburn at this point in spite of a ranking three places below on average. What Arkansas doesn’t have are 196.8-197s, scoring potential that keeps Auburn elevated for the time being. That’s the thing with RQS and the main argument against it. It does not reward consistency. It rewards teams with high peaks by allowing them to drop all their valleys. Arkansas still has 195s to drop in order to move up but looks likely to be one of the teams hanging around 10-13 unless the 197s start to fly.

12. Stanford – 195.971

Current RQS: 195.830
Road Score 1: 196.650
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.875
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.750
Road/Home Score 3: 194.800

The perennial trouble for Stanford: few meets + fewer home meets + slow start = RQS disaster. The RQS expectation for Stanford is never a particularly high because they don’t compete as much as the other teams and always end up having to keep some lower scores. It will get much better once that 194 goes away, which hopefully will keep Stanford in the top 12. No one wants to see Stanford showing up as a #3 seed in a regional. Except me. Because that would be an exciting nightmare for the teams in that competition. Could you imagine Stanford and Georgia both getting placed into a regional with Alabama? Eeeeeee! That’s unlikely, but not out of the question if Stanford and Georgia don’t pick it up right now. Stanford has four meets remaining and four scores that need dropping in order to get an RQS in the 196.6s, which is what it took to make the top 12 last year. Those two bold scores need to be a baseline.

13. Denver – 195.954

Current RQS: 195.810
Road Score 1: 196.125
Road Score 2: 196.000
Road Score 3: 195.900
Road/Home Score 1: 196.675
Road/Home Score 2: 195.650
Road/Home Score 3: 195.375

Denver is sort of in no-man’s-land right now between the big girls and the others. There’s one high home score in here and a couple usable road 196s (though not really that usable if a top-12 ranking is the goal), but scores will need to stay above the 196 plateau from here on if they’re going to fend off a school like, say, Nebraska. The good news for Denver is having six remaining meets, so there’s enough time left to drop these 195s and show that 196.6 isn’t just a silly home score but a real expectation.

14. Nebraska – 195.875

Current RQS: 195.695
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.150
Road Score 3: 194.050
Road/Home Score 1: 196.775
Road/Home Score 2: 196.100
Road/Home Score 3: 195.825

Talk about teams no one wants to see as a #3 seed. This isn’t a Nebraska team of yore but still is absolutely capable of challenging with a big 196 and upsetting everyone and everything. The Huskers are also in the deadly territory of having just two road meets left, meaning that 196.350 isn’t going anywhere. That’s already lower than counting road scores from the likes of Arkansas and Boise State, schools they would have fancied themselves able to pass. It may start to get tough. This number will start looking much better, however, once they drop that 194.050 after this weekend’s meet at Iowa State. Even just a 196.000 this weekend would put Nebraska over a 196 RQS and much closer to challenging Arkansas.

15. Cal – 195.730

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 195.650
Road Score 2: 195.575
Road Score 3: 194.225
Road/Home Score 1: 196.825
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: N/A

Cal competes tonight at ASU which will give them an RQS at the very least. Last Monday’s 196.825 was a gigantic lift, but there’s no chance to stick around at 15th unless those road scores start to go away like right now, so tonight’s meet takes on some added significance.

16. Oregon State – 195.721

Current RQS: 195.595
Road Score 1: 196.350
Road Score 2: 196.225
Road Score 3: 195.325
Road/Home Score 1: 195.875
Road/Home Score 2: 195.425
Road/Home Score 3: 195.125

Like Nebraska, Oregon State is already counting a pretty pedestrian road score, but the home scores are the real issue. At least Nebraska has a couple 196s on the home record as well. If OSU has any chance of avoiding a #3 seed, those four 195s have to go away in the next five meets. The performance against UCLA was encouraging, especially because of the continued progression of McMillan, but it was still just a 196.2, which is a precarious score.

17. George Washington – 195.675

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 196.175
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: 195.750
Road/Home Score 1: 195.425
Road/Home Score 2: 194.950
Road/Home Score 3: N/A

GWU is another of those schools with a buttload of meets left, so there’s not a lot of urgency around the RQS outlook quite yet. But, if we’re going to treat George Washington as one of the big girls capable of being a #3 seed rather than just being really condescending and “Oh, I’m so HAPPY for them!” about this season, then only two of these current scores are acceptable. Four more 196s in the remaining seven meets is the next order of business.

18. Minnesota – 195.658

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 196.300
Road Score 2: 196.075
Road Score 3: N/A
Road/Home Score 1: 195.775
Road/Home Score 2: 195.675
Road/Home Score 3: 195.425

19. Missouri – 195.646

Current RQS: 195.645
Road Score 1: 196.050
Road Score 2: 195.825
Road Score 3: 195.200
Road/Home Score 1: 196.625
Road/Home Score 2: 195.800
Road/Home Score 3: 195.350

Note that Missouri’s RQS is currently better than Oregon State’s and competitive with Nebraska. 

20. Arizona – 195.442

Current RQS: 195.235
Road Score 1: 196.000
Road Score 2: 194.850
Road Score 3: 193.475
Road/Home Score 1: 196.475
Road/Home Score 2: 196.150
Road/Home Score 3: 195.700

Arizona has shown flashes of brilliance and has returned to a deserved ranking of #20, but the final ranking will hinge on their ability to remove those two absolutely horrific road scores over the next three road meets. The urgency begins.

21. Eastern Michigan – 195.418

Current RQS: 195.310
Road Score 1: 196.600
Road Score 2: 195.975
Road Score 3: 195.050
Road/Home Score 1: 195.600
Road/Home Score 2: 195.050
Road/Home Score 3: 194.875

Eastern Michigan got a 196.600 road score! Eastern Michigan is so the new Central Michigan. But, RQS being what it is, a big score is only valuable if you can do it twice. Right now, that score would be dropped, so it doesn’t really help until it happens again. Then, Eastern Michigan would be a serious thing.

22. Kentucky – 195.357

Current RQS: 195.325
Road Score 1: 195.800
Road Score 2: 195.525
Road Score 3: 195.175
Road/Home Score 1:196.050
Road/Home Score 2: 195.100
Road/Home Score 3: 195.025

23. Southern Utah – 195.317

Current RQS: N/A
Road Score 1: 195.250
Road Score 2: 194.100
Road Score 3: N/A
Road/Home Score 1: 195.975
Road/Home Score 2: 195.700
Road/Home Score 3: 195.600

24. Iowa – 195.272

Current RQS: 195.710
Road Score 1: 196.275
Road Score 2: 196.275
Road Score 3: 194.900
Road/Home Score 1: 196.650
Road/Home Score 2: 196.375
Road/Home Score 3: 194.725

Speaking of serious things, while we’ve been paying attention to George Washington and New Hampshire and their rises, Iowa suddenly emerged from being the 194 team we’ve always expected to get 196s in the last four consecutive meets, two at home and two on the road. A first-meet 192 is the only thing keeping the ranking and average down for the time being, but look at that RQS and how it’s better than most of the RQSs here. With five meets left and just two scores to get rid of, Iowa is a serious threat to the top 15 if not the top 12. Pay attention to this one.

25. Illinois – 195.263

Current RQS: 195.170
Road Score 1: 195.700
Road Score 2: 195.500
Road Score 3: 195.075
Road/Home Score 1: 195.150
Road/Home Score 2: 195.125
Road/Home Score 3: 195.000

Sigh. Probably the biggest disappointment of the early season to see all these 195s for a team with O’Connor, Kato, Horth, and Leduc just to name a few. Still six meets left?

Week 5 Rankings + Notes

Oklahoma takes over the #1 ranking this week. That seemed unlikely heading in, but the Sooners managed to pour some 197.9 all over the NCAA as Chayse Capps suddenly became the most important all-arounder in your life, while Florida had a late-meet nasty and lost to Georgia. Georgia. With Georgia beam.

Our regal 10.000 of the week comes courtesy of Capps, because of course it does. Finally. You can see the video of her beam 10 on Aunt Flo, but it’s behind the iron subscription curtain. So otherwise, just imagine every other beam routine you’ve seen Chayse Capps do, and it’s that. Just a 10 this time. And with a walkover to scale.

In other big routine news, NastiaFan101 posted Sophina the diva’s floor routine and got it trending all over faceplace and the information superhighway. Hero’s work. It’s almost like social media is a tool that can be used to attract attention to the sport, or something. Teams should definitely continue not taking advantage of that at all and waiting for fans to do the work for them.

Love. Exciting. Beautiful. Fun and crowd-pleasing without being a joke. Though it will be interesting to see what it scores away from home given factors like whatever is happening after that switch ring. Or, knowing UCLA and the health situation and the Sophina being in the floor lineup situation, we’ll never see this routine ever again. RIP, Hallie Mossett’s feet.

This is why it has been frustrating to spend three seasons watching Sophina actively not making the floor lineup. Because she’s capable of this. Her performance elevates the lineup, and when we have DeJesus and Mossett going at the same time (ever?), it will start to feel like a classic, thrilling UCLA floor rotation of years ago. Even Cipra, whose routine is not my taste, moves quite well and performs with style. It’s encouraging to see that this year for a team that, especially in the couple seasons post-McCullough and EHH, had to keep the best dancers out of the lineup in favor of tumblers who could get the scores but didn’t really want to have to dance about it, when it was all Pritchett and Courtney and Zam. (Stop freaking out, I love the Zam, but she never really looked thrilled at the idea of doing these routines.)

Week 5 rankings
1. Oklahoma –197.393
Week 5 A: 197.925
Week 5 A leaders: AA – Capps 39.775; VT – Scaman 9.925; UB – Capps, Kmieciak 9.900; BB – Capps 10.000; FX – Capps 9.975

Week 5 B: 197.900
Week 5 B leaders: AA – Capps 39.625; VT – Jackson 9.950; UB – Wofford 9.950; BB – Capps 9.950; FX – Scaman 9.950

2. Florida – 197.220
Week 5: 196.350
Week 5 leaders: AA – Sloan 39.150; VT – McMurtry 9.900; UB – McMurtry 9.925; BB – Sloan 9.875; FX – Baker 9.925

3. Michigan – 196.860
Week 5: Monday meet

4. Alabama – 196.842
Week 5: 196.775
Week 5 leaders: AA – Bailey 39.450; VT – Beers 9.950; UB – Brannan 9.925; BB – Bailey, McNeer 9.875; FX – Bailey, Sims, Valentin 9.850

5. LSU – 196.705
Week 5: 197.425
Week 5 leaders: AA – Hambrick 39.625; VT – Everyone 9.875; UB – Hambrick 9.925; BB – Hambrick, Finnegan 9.925; FX – Gnat, Hambrick, Wyrick 9.900

6. Utah – 196.650
Week 5: 197.075
Week 5 leaders: AA – Partyka 39.450; VT – Partyka 9.875; UB – Lopez 9.925; BB – Stover 9.900; FX – Schwab 9.950

7. UCLA – 196.510
Week 5: 197.100
Week 5 leaders: AA – None; VT – Bynum, Preston 9.850; UB – Mossett 9.900; BB – Lee 9.925; FX – Cipra 9.975

8. Auburn – 196.204
Week 5: 196.825
Week 5 leaders: AA – Atkinson 39.575; VT – Atkinson 9.900; UB – Atkinson, Krippner 9.875; BB – Atkinson 9.875; Atkinson, Kluz, Rott 9.925

9. Arkansas – 196.200
Week 5: 196.150
Week 5 leaders: AA – Wellick 39.350; VT – Wellick 9.850; UB – Zaziski, Freier 9.875; BB – Wellick 9.850; FX – Wellick 9.825

10. Boise State – 196.194
Week 5: 196.250
Week 5 leaders: AA – Remme 39.325; VT – Bennion, Bir 9.825; UB – Jacobsen 9.875; BB – Remme 9.875; FX – Krentz 9.925

11. Georgia – 195.958
Week 5: 196.400
Week 5 leaders: AA – Jay, Rogers 39.375; VT – Jay 9.875; UB – Jay 9.925; BB – Box 9.850; FX – Box, Marino, Rogers 9.950

12. Denver – 195.945
Week 5: 196.675
Week 5 leaders: AA – McGee 39.600; VT – McGee, Chesnok 9.850; UB – McGee 9.925; BB – McGee, Hammen 9.875; FX – McGee 9.950

13. Stanford – 195.856
Week 5: Monday meet

14. Nebraska – 195.830
Week 5: 196.350
Week 5 leaders: AA – Williams 39.400; VT – Laeng 9.875; UB – Laeng, Lambert, Williams 9.850; BB – Schweihofer, Williams 9.850; FX – Williams 9.925

15. Missouri – 195.808
Week 5: 196.625
Week 5 leaders: AA – Porter 38.800; VT – Harris, Porter 9.800; UB – Schugel 9.900; BB – Ward 9.900; FX – Porter 9.950

16. Oregon State – 195.694
Week 5: Monday meet

17. George Washington – 195.656
Week 5: 196.075
Week 5 leaders: AA – DeMoura 39.300; VT – Drouin-Allaire 9.900; UB – Winstanley 9.850; BB – DeMoura 9.900; FX – Drouin-Allaire 9.875 

18. Minnesota – 195.530
Week 5: 195.775
Week 5 leaders: AA – Mable 39.550; VT – Mable, Abernathy 9.800; UB – Mable 9.875; BB – Mable 9.950; FX – Mable 9.925

19. Cal – 195.456
Week 5: Monday meet

20. Illinois – 195.290
Week 5: 195.000
Week 5 leaders: AA – O’Connor 39.275; VT – O’Connor 9.800; UB – O’Connor 9.850; BB – Kato 9.875; FX – Buchanan 9.825

21. Southern Utah – 195.185
Week 5: 195.700
Week 5 leaders: AA – Remirez 39.100; VT – Brownsell, Webb 9.850; UB – Yee 9.875; BB – Ramirez, Webb 9.900; FX – Brownsell, Webb 9.875

22. New Hampshire – 195.171
Week 5: 195.550
Week 5 leaders: AA – Doolin 38.850; VT – Mahoney 9.850; UB – Mulligan 9.925; BB – Aucoin 9.925; FX – Doolin 9.850

23. Ohio State – 195.165
Week 5: 196.350
Week 5 leaders: AA – Harrison 39.175; VT – Stone 9.875; UB – Hofland 9.875; BB – Hofland 9.925; FX – Mattern 9.900

24. West Virginia – 195.140
Week 5 A: 195.200
Week 5 A leaders: AA – None; VT – Muhammad 9.900; UB – Goldberg 9.825; BB – Gillette 9.875; FX – Muhammad 9.825

Week 5 B: 195.250
Week 5 B leaders: AA – None; VT – Muhammad, Koshinski 9.850; UB – Goldberg 9.825; BB – Tolbert 9.800; FX – Koshinski 9.850

25. Kentucky – 195.130
Week 5: 195.525
Week 5 leaders: AA – Dukes 39.375; VT – Dukes 9.875; UB – Dukes 9.800; BB – Hyland 9.900; FX – Dukes, Puryear, Stuart 9.825

-Florida gets a special squint this week for a significant beam and floor meltdown in Georgia. It happens. It’s not changing any expectations for Florida’s potential this postseason. Beam has been mostly solid up until now (it was the first beam fall for both Baker and Boren this year), so while it’s something to watch especially because Baker did go on that run of beam falls last season, it’s not a thing yet. They are clearly missing Boyce, but Sloan and Ernst should be able to carry the load with an occasional 9.900 from McMurtry.

Floor depth is the bigger concern. This week, Bridgey was sick and Sloan had a bad one, and the score immediately fell apart. There’s no competitive-scoring backup option, meaning there’s no room for an injury or for Bridgey to continue being out of form if Florida is going to fend off Oklahoma, LSU, and Alabama, all of whom will bring lineups with six legitimate 9.9s once April hits. It puts a lot of pressure on Baker and Sloan for 9.950s.  

-Oklahoma is ranked first on bars. Bars was my biggest concern this year because of having to throw in people like Jackson and Capps who haven’t been good enough to make the lineup in the past, but…it’s working?

-LSU recorded a very encouraging 197.425, finally delivering (almost entirely) on bars and beam at the same meet. Fall potential still remains a worry on some of the most beautiful routines, like Finnegan’s everything and Macadaeg’s beam, but this score is particularly encouraging because LSU is capable of much better, particularly on vault which peaked at 9.875 this week.

It’s hilarious to me that Gnat performed the exact same DTY she has done for three weeks, but took a small step this time, resulting in a 9.875 instead of a 10. Because that small step was worth .150? Amazing how when someone doesn’t stick, other deductions lose their invisibility powers.

-The top six teams on vault all have at least two Yurchenko 1.5s in their vault lineups. The highest any team has scored so far this year for a lineup with one or zero 1.5s is Arkansas’s 49.275. Contrast that with the best lineups featuring 2+ 1.5s, which are still going into the 49.4s and up to 49.500. Giving up multiple tenths on vault is an unacceptable proposition in the postseason, a particularly troubling issue for Utah and UCLA, who will struggle to keep up without joining the cult of vault difficulty especially if the vaults continue looking like they did on Saturday.

-Alabama needs Lauren Beers. The Tide did not have to count a fall over the weekend, scoring largely as expected except for Beers having a no good, very bad day all over the place (and Aja Sims getting a 9.6 on beam because huh?), but that was enough to bring the team total down to 196.775 and cause Alabama to lose ground on all the major players except Florida.

-Auburn got a 196.825, which was definitely a TWU score but also a symbolic performance, returning from two significant injuries in the previous week to look just as competitive if not better than before. The depth was tested, and the depth came through.

-Is there any all-arounder getting held down in the scores more than Amanda Wellick? Here. Take this scrap of 9.825. Fetch.

-Oh yeah. Georgia’s beam. It’s still horrifying, with yet another week of counting fall. Will this victory over Florida help, or will beam remain a soul-crushing experience ad infinitum? Once again, it’s a must-watch rotation this weekend at home against LSU.

This season is all about the hands-free routine, and while it seems to be mostly working for Ernst, it didn’t work for Peng, and it’s not working for Babalis. Floor has turned out better as she’s starting to nail those round-off + double backs, but that beam routine just looks so uncomfortable and challenging for her. As it does for everyone on Georgia except Mary Beth Box, who shows her confidence in the speed and aggression of every movement. She needs to teach a class called “How to work beam without looking like you’re about to have diarrhea 101” and everyone needs to take it.  

-Denver! A second-straight Nina McGee. I mean 196. Encouragingly, there were lots of 9.875s from supporting players this time around, which helps Denver’s prospects since it can’t all be about one person. Denver does get a few home 196s every season that don’t necessarily represent postseason potential, so the real test will come the next two weekends at road meets in which they will be directly compared to the likes of Oklahoma and Alabama. Those two meets will tell us where this team really is.

-Missouri broke the 196.5 barrier for the first time since the famous 2010 regionals performance.

-I haven’t talked about Lindsay Mable much so far this year, so…she continues being Lindsay Mable and continues keeping Minnesota competitive by herself. I’m worried about next season. Here’s her beam just because.

-George Washington took the torch back from New Hampshire this week with a 196.075 to New Hampshire’s 195.550. New Hampshire is absolutely killing it on beam but does not have competitive vaults, which makes it very difficult to get those 196s and puts a lot of pressure on bars and beam, while George Washington has the bigger vaults and higher scoring potential but gets very erratic scores for them. EAGLs will be good this year.

-Lots of Pac-12 Monday meets! Stanford, Arizona, Oregon State, Cal, Washington, and Arizona State all in action tonight.